Murphy's Community Centre After School Programs & Youth Camps

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Program Description

Charlottetown After School Program

Children in our after school program will enjoy a variety of activities including sports and games in our full size gymnasium, music, art, drama, and homework help. Children are divided into three age groups (4-6 years, 7-9 years and 10-12 years). Members of our child care team pick up children daily from local area schools and walk them to the Centre (Prince Street, St. Jean, Spring Park & École François-Buote).

Our Commitment: To provide quality educational services with certified Early Childhood Educators. To be aware of each child’s individuality and to offer physical, social, and emotional development that both challenges and nurtures the child at their present stage of development.

Murphy’s Community Centre offers programs centrally located in the heart of downtown Charlottetown and ensure working parents are provided with quality year round child care for their school aged children (ages 5–12). Under the direction of School Age Program Manager Patrick MacDonald, our programs are built to encourage growth of mind, body, and spirit. Any child who is registered with us will receive a well-rounded, high quality program that promotes team play and encourages individual expression.

The Centre offers a full day programming (7:30am – 6:00pm) during parent/teacher interview days, professional development days, most storm days, Christmas break, March break and summer vacation.

A complete after school experience including:

  • Escorted bus transportation from Stratford Elementary & Glen Stewart Primary
  • A minimum of 30 mins a day of physical activity in our full size gymnasium
  • A rotating schedule of art, drama, music & games
  • Homework help
  • Bowling
  • Healthy Snack
  • Pick up until 6pm

Our program has a ratio of 10 children to every staff member and all staff are required to have completed a course in Early Childhood Development, Human Services, or Child & Youth Care.

Sponsor:

Murphy's Community Centre

Strategies for sustainability

Murphy's Community Centre is a non-profit facility.Murphy's Pharmacies is a major supporter of Murphy's Community Centre and many other charitable initiatives across PEI. We believe in building healthier communities by supporting non-profit organizations like Murphy's Community Centre who provide programs & services for families, youth, and seniors.

Impact of program

As the former Basilica Recreation Centre, the Murphy?s Community Centre, is pleased to continue to offer a wide range of programs and services for all age groups. Aside from bowling, our programs include seniors? programs, youth and children's programs, a licensed after school program and summer day camp program, and many special community events. The Community Centre also has a number of groups that utilize its space for their own programs such as: Taoist Tai Chi, Noon ''B'' Fit Classes, Old Tyme Square Dancing Classes, Zumba Fitness, Overeaters Anonymous, and CHANCES Family Centre parenting sessions, and special events.

Since 2006, Murphy’s Community Centre has offered and facilitated programs and services that benefit seniors, families, children, new immigrants, persons with disabilities and many more. The centre has also offered individuals and nonprofit groups the opportunity to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for various causes through benefit dances and fundraisers. Thousands of Islanders also benefit from subsidized rates on bowling and other recreational activities.

Evaluation tools

The Murphy's Community Centre is a vital facility in the downtown area which offers a licensed child care centre, banquet, meeting rooms and dance facilities, bingo, recreational and sport programs, 14 lanes of five pin bowling with a licensed lounge adjacent to the bowling centre.

Key elements towards success

The Centre has over 50,000 square feet of space utilized for sports and recreation, fitness, banquets and meetings, bowling, youth programs, art, drama, and music. Every dollar you spend at Murphy's Community Centre is reinvested into our programs & services for Islanders.

Our Commitment: To provide quality educational services with certified Early Childhood Educators. To be aware of each child’s individuality and to offer physical, social, and emotional development that both challenges and nurtures the child at their present stage of development.

Challenges to meet them

Originally constructed and operated by the Diocese of Charlottetown, the building was purchased in 2006 by Ray and Carolyn Murphy of Murphy’s Pharmacies, renovated and upgraded, and is currently run as a not-for-profit organization under the direction of the Murphy family.

Length & stage of project

The landmark building known for generations as the Basilica Recreation Centre will celebrate its 50th year today as the home for community, cultural and recreational events in the heart of downtown Charlottetown.

The building, currently operated as the Murphy’s Community Centre, was built in 1963 and has a rich and colourful history as a place for people — especially youth — to gather to enjoy sports, social clubs, music and bowling.