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RAP! The Recreation Afterschool ProgramParks & Recreation


RAP: Recreation Afterschool Program

The Parks and Recreation Department’s popular, fee-based afterschool program, RAP, provides homework assistance, recreation activities, sports, crafts, and special programs to 1st–6th graders at Adams, Monroe, Roosevelt, and Washington Elementary Schools.

RAP begins immediately following the regular school day and operates until 5:30pm, keeping your child active and engaged in healthy, enriching activities while you finish your workday. Our goal is to provide a supervised, fun program where children can make new friends and hang out with current friends in a relaxed afterschool environment. RAP is intended to offer you convenience, affordability, and safety, along with the knowledge that your child is working on homework and being cared for by highly-trained program staff. Each RAP site has between 3-6 program leaders and one site director with a staff to student ratio of 1:20.

Please note: Waitlist Procedure: Children registered in a current RAP Session will have first priority to register in an upcoming RAP Session. If a child is not registered by the second day of a new RAP Session, their priority spot in the program will be forfeited and offered to a child on the waitlist*.

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Registration Fees

There are six, 30-day sessions in a school year (adding up to 180 school days).

  • 30-day session $170  
  • 10-day drop-in pass $125  
  • Limited scholarships are available for families who qualify!

Convenient Sign-Up

  • Online at (only available for 30-day sessions)
  • In person at the Carrillo Recreation Center located on 100 E. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Make a payment over the phone by calling the Youth Activities Office at (805) 564-5495

Links to RAP! Program Flyer & Activity Registration Form

RAP! (Recreation Afterschool Program) Flyer, English & Spanish

RAP! (Recreation Afterschool Program) Parent Handbook, English

RAP! (Recreation Afterschool Program) Registration Form, English  (Please note: a RAP Activity Registration Form must be completed and submitted to the Carrillo Recreation Center each school year before your child can attend the afterschool program.)

RAP Scholarship Application Packet  (Scholarship application packets should be submitted to the upstairs Youth Activities offices at the Carrillo Recreation Center, 100 E. Carrillo St.; Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm.
Families interested in having their scholarship application reviewed for RAP Session 1 must submit their completed application by Friday, July 26th at 5:00pm. Notification regarding scholarship awards will be provided via email by August 16th.

Additional Information

For additional information, please call the Youth Activities Office at (805) 564-5495 or send an email to


Last Updated: Mar 24, 2020
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