Jill Sieder, executive director and founder of the East Atlanta Kids Club, said when it first opened in 1998 the center was about sheer recreation—a fun and games environment—but that has changed over the years.
The club, located in the Brownwood Recreation Center in East Atlanta, started as a nonprofit place for local children to go after school or on the weekends. Sieder said children from the East Atlanta community would walk and ride bikes to the center to play and receive homework help.
“We were kind of in that enrichment category—some homework help when they needed it but it wasn’t really a goal high on our list,” Sieder said.
Several years ago, Sieder decided to add more academics into the club’s programming and began developing a curriculum centered on reading, language arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.
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