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After School Program

The Las Cruces Recreation Section Afterschool Program was designed to provide an affordable, quality After School program for children during the regular school year. The program helps children develop their academic, physical, and social skills in a safe and caring environment. The three major components of the program are educational, nutritional, and recreational, with all three given the same importance. The Program runs concurrent with the Las Cruces Public School Calendar and serves over 300 school aged kids. This boasts a 15-1 ratio and the City provides staff that are professional, motivated, and multicultural role models for the children.


2018/2019 After School Program Lottery & Registration
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The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will hold lottery registration for the fall and spring After School Program beginning Monday, July 16 – Saturday, July 28 at the following locations during regular business hours:

  • Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 1501 E. Hadley Ave.
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday

  • Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 Bell Ave.
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

  • Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley Ave.
    7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, noon to – 7:30 p.m. Sunday

  • Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley Ave.
    8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday


The Lottery Registration can also be done online at www.las-cruces.org/play.

Registration for the After School Program is determined by lottery selection. Participants selected will be notified by email or text message and the winning lottery numbers will be posted at www.las-cruces.org/after-school-program on or before Tuesday, July 31.

The initial payment must be made Wednesday, August 1 – Wednesday, August 8, at any of the four registration sites, during regular weekday business hours, or at www.las-cruces.org/play, and click on the “Online Registration” link.

Any unpaid spots will be opened to the public beginning Thursday, August 9, on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Parks and Recreation Administrative office.

The program is available to children kindergarten through grade 5 and the cost per semester is $400, or four payments of $100. If full payment is made before the beginning of the program (August 13) the participant will receive a 10% reduction in cost for fall semester session. Program hours are Monday through Friday, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. during LCPS school days (full days only).

Locations include: Alameda, Cesar Chavez/Sunrise, Hermosa, Highland, Fairacres, Mesilla Park, and Monte Vista Elementary schools.

No telephone registrations accepted.

For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 575/541-2550.


Find out about scholarships available to families with certain economic restrictions who are eligible to receive financial assistance through the department’s Youth Scholarship Fund.

Youth Scholarship Fund

After School Program site listing is offered below:

Alameda Elementary
1325 N. Alameda Las Cruces

Cesar Chavez/Sunrise Elementary
5250 Holman Road, Las Cruces, NM 88012

Frank O'Brien (Mesilla Park Elementary)
304 Bell Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88005


Contact Information

Parks and Recreation Department

Las Cruces, NM

Tel (575) 541-2550

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