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Our mission is to provide an affordable, safe alternative to the "conventional" after-school programs with an emphasis on spiritual growth and Christian values. Our vision is that children attending the After School Kids (ASK) Program will experience holistic growth (spiritual, emotional, and social) that will help them recognize who they are in Christ and enhance The Salvation Army's programming. The ASK Program is for children in grades 1 through 8. We operate Monday - Friday from 2 - 6 PM and on Wednesdays from 1:30 - 6 PM with a maximum of 30 children.

Daily Schedule

Children can rotate through different rooms and activities, including

  • Homework time

  • Monitored computer time in the computer lab

  • Free play and/or organized games in the gym or on the lawn

  • Board games and crafts in the Teen Room

  • Chapel time

  • Optional extracurricular activities (listed below) including music programs and character-building programs

Tuition & Fees*

One-Time Registration Fee: $25 per child (nonrefundable)

Monthly Tuition: $100 per child

Transportation Fee: $25 per child (contact for more information)


The Salvation Army Santa Clara Citadel
3090 Homestead Rd
Santa Clara, CA 95051


The ASK Program sets aside an hour each day for homework time Monday - Thursday. This gives children an opportunity to complete their homework before going home. We also encourage children to read regularly. Books and apps are available so children have the opportunity to read something new every day. Children are given help with homework as needed.

Note: Children must complete their homework before moving on to other activities. Parents may sign off saying that their children do not need to complete their homework in its entirety while at the ASK Program.


Each day, we provide children with a nutritious snack prepared on-site by our staff. Children are welcome to bring their own snack (or snacks to share) as well. Please see the posted menu at our facility for more details.


Transportation may be available for certain schools for a fee. Schools are subject to change and depend on the number of children attending. Please inquire with the ASK Program staff for details.

*Please note, other fees may apply. See the Parent Handbook (below).

Optional Activities

During the ASK Program, your child can choose to participate in the following extracurricular activities. Remember, classes are subject to change.

Basketball Development

Children will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of basketball. They’ll learn individual and team skills with the goal of being able to play in games against similarly aged/skilled teams.

Character-Building Programs (Troops)

These are Salvation Army programs that emphasize discipleship, evangelism, and character-building. Troops offer opportunities to build relationships with peers while doing fun activities and projects. Learn more >

Music & Creative Arts

Our music programs begin in the fall and run through the school year. Each child has the opportunity to participate on Friday afternoons from 3:30 - 5:30PM. Children can learn to play various instruments, sing in choirs, and work on dramas that will all be presented at quarterly performances. We also incorporate other creative art classes such as rap and dance. Classes that make up the Youth Music Program come together at the end of each quarter to create a program that will perform on a Sunday morning where families are encouraged to attend to watch their children perform.

Example classes (subject to change):

  • Devotion in Motion: Children learn routines using dance, sign language, ribbons, and timbrels.
  • Rap: Children explore Christian rap, learn how to compose a rap, and then deliver it.
  • Singing Company: Children learn to sing various Christian children’s songs.
  • Guitar: Children learn the structure of the instrument, chords, notes, and strumming patterns.

Corps Cadets

Corps Cadets begins in the fall and runs through the school year. Corps Cadets meets on Sundays at 9:30 AM and is for teens who are at least 13 years old (or in the 7th grade). Participants must also be enrolled as a junior or senior soldier in The Salvation Army. A Corps Cadet is a young Salvationist who undertakes a course of Bible study and leadership training at his/her own corps in order to grow spiritually and become better equipped for effective service in The Salvation Army.


To join the ASK Program, parents must complete an application packet (linked below), which includes state licensing forms. These, along with the registration fee and first month's tuition must be turned in before the child may attend. For questions, contact Major Paula Wild at Paula.Wild@usw.salvationarmy.org or call (408)-247-4588 Ext. 3304.