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After School Program Overview                                                          Grades K-8

 "I feel like my children are cared for, enriched and stimulated on a daily basis. All while having fun and playing with their friends. There is the right amount of structure and choices for them … we could not be happier with our experience thus far! Thank you!"
~Animal Crackers Parent


Fitness, fun, enrichment, technology, food projects, friends, social emotional learning and much more are all offered to K-8th grade children in the city's nine after school programs.  Animal Crackers (K-3rd), Whiz Kids (4th-5th), and Project REAL (6th-8th) are offered in collaboration with City Schools of Decatur.

Animal Crackers offers age-appropriate, enriching programming to kindergarten through 3rd grade students in six locations. Whiz Kids at the 4th/5th Academy and Ebster Recreation Center includes lots of child-driven activities. Our 4th and 5th graders are involved in guiding and planning various elements of the program  themselves. Project REAL at Renfroe Middle School gives participating youth a voice in planning enrichment activities, field trips and community service projects.

After school fees are due the 15th of each month prior to the beginning of each session. Session 1 fees are due July 15 and continue each month through April 15. No fees are due in December.
Make a payment online by visiting WebTrac with your Household ID Number and Password. If you have forgotten your household ID number you can request it via email through the WebTrac login screen or contact our office to request that we send it to you.

 Animal Crackers color logo 2016 

Whiz Kids

 Project Real

Animal Crackers, Grades K-3
Hours: M-F, 2:30 to 6:15 p.m.
$340/session; $80/day/session
Locations: Clairemont, Glennwood, Oakhurst, Westchester, Winnona Park, Decatur Recreation Center

Whiz Kids, Grades 4-5
Hours: M-F, 2:45 to 6:15 p.m.
$340/session; $80/day/session
Locations: Fifth Avenue 4/5 Academy and Ebster Recreation Center

Project REAL, Grades 6-8
Hours: M-F, 3:40 to 6:15 p.m.
$250/session; $60/day/session
Location: Renfroe Middle School

The Oakhurst Animal Crackers and Clairemont Animal Crackers programs received their accreditation through the Council On Accreditation in November 2014. COA Logo DRC Animal Crackers, Glennwood Animal Crackers, Westchester Animal Crackers, Winnona Park Animal Crackers, Fifth Avenue Whiz Kids and Project REAL achieved accreditation in February 2016.



After School Registration for School Year 2017-18
at Decatur Recreation Center 
231 Sycamore Street, Decatur 30030 
Please click here for Registration Instructions & FAQ 2017-18.

Registration for the After School Lottery for 2017-18 after school programs opened at 10:00 am on February 21, 2017 and closed at 6:00 pm on Friday April 21, 2017.The lottery spin was completed April 28, 2017.  Open registration started May 1, 2017 to allow additional children to enroll or join waiting lists.

New 2017-18 registration requires completion of the 2017-18 Registration Form and Health History Form.  Once those documents have been submitted, our staff will generate a household ID number and password for your family.  The Household ID number will allow you to register for programs online via WebTrac.  See step-by-step instructions for online afterschool registration here.  Additional forms may be found in the chart below including Asthma Action Plan, Food Allergy Action Plan, and Transportation Form.

The financial assistance cycle starts each year with summer camp registration. To submit a 2017-18 Financial Assistance Application for Summer 2017 and/or after school 2017-18 please complete the application at the link above.  Note that proof of income and proof of residency must be attached in order to submit an application for assistance.  These documents can be emailed to if you have trouble with the online interface.

Additional optional forms available include the Food Allergy Action Plan [online form] and the Asthma Action Plan [online form].

In order to enroll online or by phone families must have an existing RecTrac household. If you are new to City of Decatur programs you will need to complete the documents identified below for NEW Households and submit them online.  A 2017-18 Youth Registration Form and Health History Form for each child are required. Please allow five business days for your household to be set up.


NEW Households

RETURNING Households

After School and All Day Camp Registration Form 2017-18 (online form)     X


Health History Form for each child [online form]  X  X
Food Allergy Action Plan [online form]

X (if applicable)

X (if applicable)

Asthma Action Plan [online form]

X (if applicable)

X (if applicable)

School to Recreation Centers Transportation Form [online form]

X (DRC Animal Crackers, Ebster Whiz Kids)

X (DRC Animal Crackers, Ebster Whiz Kids)

Financial Assistance Application 2017-18 [online form]

X (optional)

X (optional)


Families wishing to apply for financial assistance on our sliding scale for the 2017-18 school year should complete the 2017-18 Financial Assistance Application. The application is completed online and will require that proof of residency and proof of income is attached. The acceptable documents for residency and income are outlined on the application.

You can use WebTrac to check and edit household information, request your password, pay afterschool fees, and enroll in additional activities through Active Living and Children and Youth Services.

Email requests should be directed to

Please call the CYS Office at 404-378-1082 for questions about the registration process.

Find out more:

Check the latest issue of the Playbook newsletter for information on programs and activities, plus how to register your child.

Playbook newsletter
After School Parent Handbook 2017-18 
Fee Schedule 2017-18 After School and All Day Camp Programs
For more information contact or call 404-378-1082.

Fax: 404-378-1281
Tax ID: 58-6000560

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