Hudson Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program (HBN ASP)

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Help make our afterschool program even better by participating in the HBN ASP Parent Advisory Board! We want to hear your thoughts and ideas about: nearby locations for potential field trips, finding quality staff members and innovative instructors, how the program is going, what activities/services you’d like to see, and more. 

Sub sandwiches will be provided and childcare is also available! Please send an RSVP to Arelis Soto at 518-828-4360, ext. 3192 prior to each meeting. 

Join us at any or all the meetings during the school year and let your voice be heard:

  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (new date) Topic of discussion will be the upcoming merging of JLE & MCSIS (learn more here)
  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Parent Advisory Board meetings take place from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Hudson Junior High School Library. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

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Now Hiring

The Hudson Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program (HBN ASP) is continuously looking for high energy, dedicated, friendly and caring people to join our staff. No teaching certification is required! Visit our Employment webpage for more information.

Openings Available - Register Now!

Hudson Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program logoMake the most out of your child's afternoons and register them for the Hudson Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program! It's FREE and it provides many enriching activities for your child, including arts and crafts, book clubs, science projects, sports and academic enrichment.

There are openings at John L. Edwards Primary School (Grades K-1), M.C. Smith Intermediate School (Grades 2-5), and Hudson Junior High School (Grades 6-8). The current afterschool session is still accepting participants and runs through the spring. Slots are available on a first come, first served basis.

Pick up a registration packet for our free afterschool program in the JLE or MCSIS main office. For more information, call 518-828-4360, ext. 4318.

General Program Information

The Hudson Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program (HBN ASP) is divided into sessions as follows:

  • Session I is September 6 - November 8, 2017
  • Session II is November 13, 2017 - January 26, 2018
  • Session III begins on January 29, 2018
  • Note: Students can register after the start date and still participate in the session.
  • Hours are 2:45–5:45 p.m., Monday through Friday (JLE hours are 2:30-5:30 p.m.)
  • A FREE bag dinner and drink is provided daily
  • A bus is available at 5 p.m. daily to drop students off at limited locations – not door to door. Click here to see the bus routes and drop-off locations. Students MUST sign up on the registration form to be eligible to take the bus.
  • It is a requirement of the grant that students attending programs at JLE and MCSIS attend five (5) days a week (M-F). Therefore, each student who wishes to participate MUST sign up for two (2) different classes per day for five (5) days a week (except on Friday when Open Recreation is available).
  • Students attending the program at the Jr. High School have a flexible schedule and daily attendance is not required.
  • Programs offered will be changed every 8-9 weeks.

This program is licensed through the Columbia County Child Care Council.  Late registrants will be put on waiting list.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call HBN ASP Program Director Kathy Clark at 518-828-4360, ext. 8306 or Assistant Program Director Mike Fulton at 518-828-4360, ext. 8320.


Full time staff includes a Program Director and Site Coordinators.

Part time staff includes: teachers, adults, college students, and high school CIT who were former participants in the HBN ASP.

For information on specific programs call the following Site Coordinators:

JLE Primary School ~ Arelis Soto, 518-828-4360 ext. 3192
Intermediate School (HATCH ASP) ~ Joanne Allie, 518-828-4360 ext. 3193 (or 1193 after 2:30)
Hudson Junior/Senior High School ~ Michael Fulton, 518-828-4360 ext. 8320

Students Served

  • JLE (Grades K-1) ~ 110 enrolled and serve 100 daily
  • Intermediate School (Grades 2-5) ~ 200 enrolled and serve 150 daily
  • Junior High School (Grades 6-8) ~ serve 50 daily
  • Senior High School (Grades 9-12) ~ provides clubs and courses for students to earn credit toward graduation and summer school

Community Partners

The HBN ASP coordinates services with the following agencies:

Bard College ~ HHS mentoring and Dream to Achieve summer camp
Catholic Charities ~ Positive Me and Fit & Fun
Chatham Film Club/Crandell Theatre
Clermont Farms ~ gardening and harvesting
Columbia County Youth Bureau ~ tennis club
Cornell Cooperative Extension ~ 4-H Programs, gardening, & robotics
Columbia Memorial Health ~ Scrub Club ~ introduction to careers in health field
Columbia Opportunities ~ ESL services, homework help and family workshops
Greenport Garden Club ~ Jr. Gardening
Hawthorne Valley Farm ~ visits to farm twice a week/Cooking Classes
Hudson Opera House ~ arts and cultural activities
Katchkie Farm/Sylvia Center ~ farm to table nutrition program
NYS Firemen’s Home ~ Intergenerational Club ~ 2 visits weekly
NYS Firemen’s Home Museum ~ local history projects
Perfect Ten ~ STEM Programming ~ internships
REACH Center ~ Girls Circle
Sloop Club ~ students building a sloop to be launched in the Hudson River
Whittier Adult Home ~ gardening and crafts with senior citizens
YES (Youth Employment Services) ~ job readiness skills and internships

Policies and Regulations

The HBN ASP is registered through the Columbia County Child Care Council and required to follow strict regulations regarding staff/student ratio, staff fingerprinting and clearance, staff training, appropriate materials and supplies and documentation materials. We are periodically evaluated to ensure policies are followed.