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People in Action (PIA), operating under the 501 (c) 3, Non-profit Organization “The Friends of DeWitt Parks and Recreation,” is a community enrichment program that addresses the challenges faced by residents with limited resources. These programs are designed to meet the needs of children and adults whose primary language is something other than English. We strive to support academic growth and reduce student drop-out rate. 


PIA is located within the Springfield Garden Apartment Complex on Caton Drive in DeWitt. The program is currently housed in the David G. Klim Learning and Recreation Center. Our programs are very affordable and open to any Town of DeWitt resident.




We believe that a child’s “work” is to “play.” Our preschool embraces this theory by creating a learn-by-play environment through activities, physical environment and routines. We will sing songs, read together, make art projects, and play outside. Limit 12 children.


Half Day Program (PIA Only):
Location:  David G. Klim Learning and Recreation Center
Ages:  3 – 5 year olds (Must be 3 on or before December 1)
Breakfast: Provided
Clothing: Sneakers or closed toe shoes only. No sandals, flip flops, or necklaces.
Yearly Fee: $80.00 DeWitt Residents       $100.00 All Others


Full Day Program (PIA with Head Start and Peace, Inc):

The full day program is in collaboration with P.E.A.C.E., Inc Head Start. These two separate and distinct programs combine to offer a full day of pre-school Monday through Thursday. Friday is 9am-Noon at PIA only. 

To qualify for this option, applications must be completed and approved through Head Start and People In Action. PIA staff will ensure students get on the bus to Head Start. Parents are responsible for meeting the bus upon return.

Location: David G. Klim Learning and Recreation Center and

Sumner Head Start (215 Bassett Street, Syracuse, NY)
Dates: Monday - Thursday
Ages: 4 year olds only
Breakfast: Provided
Clothing: Sneakers or closed toe shoes only. No sandals, flip flops, or necklaces.
Yearly Fee: $80.00 DeWitt Residents       $100.00 All Others
Bus Departure: PIA staff will escort children to the bus stop
Bus Arrival: Parents/ legal guardian, designated emergency contact person, or persons designated in the Child Pick Up and Drop Of section of the Emergency contact form through P.E.A.C.E Head Start MUST meet the bus upon return. PIA staff will NOT meet children at the bus stop. 


Required Documents for PIA:

1) Completed and signed application, signed by legal guardian or parent
2) Current physical examination signed by a physician including lead results and hemoglobin and/or hematocrit results.
3) Current Immunization Records (Shot Records)
4) Payment in full by check, cash, or money order.


PIA Policies:

1) Attendance: You MUST notify us if your child misses more than 5 consecutive days.
2) Illness: Do NOT send your child to school if he/she is sick with diarrhea, vomiting, fever, head lice, conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep throat, chicken pox, rash, or any other communicable illness. If your child is absent for more than 5 days due to illness, you must bring a doctor’s note for re-entry.
3) Medications (non-prescription and prescription): We can NOT distribute or apply any medications—including sun screen and insect repellant.
4) Behavior: If a child’s behavior becomes consistently unsafe and/or impacts the learning of themselves and others, a child may be temporary separated from the situation. Children will not be isolated and will always be supervised. In cases where we determine that a child’s behavior needs extend beyond the ability of our program, we reserve the right to refer to outside agencies. In certain cases we may insist that alternate arrangements be made for your child.
5) Punctuality: You MUST notify us if you will be any later than 12:10 pm picking up your child.
6) Toileting: Your child MUST be fully toilet trained, free of diapers, and capable of meeting their own personal hygiene needs. 
7) Contact: We MUST be able to reach you while your child is in our care in the event of an emergency. You MUST notify us immediately if there is a change in address, phone number, or emergency contacts.
8) Closings: When JD School District closes due to weather related conditions, PIA is also closed.
9) Child abuse: PIA is a mandated reporter by New York State Law to report any suspicions or concerns of sexual or physical abuse and/or neglect.



After School Program  (Follows the JD School District Calendar)


Mission: The main objectives are to provide academic support, enrichment, and healthy snacks to school age children. We are a drop-in Center. Members are NOT required to come to our program every day, however, we do strongly encourage their attendance.

Program Specifics

Middle School/ High School Program: Starting at 2:30 students can receive a snack and homework assistance. This program ends at 3:30 Monday through Thursday, unless they are actively completing school work. Students are welcome to stay the full duration on Fridays.

Elementary School Program: Starting at 3:45 elementary students will receive a snack and academic support. These students will be able to choose to participate in a Math Center, Reading Center, Writing Center, Puzzle Center, or one-on-one tutoring. Homework will be completed during this time.

Recreation Program: Recreation starts at 4:45 Monday through Thursday for elementary students. Fridays are open to all members and are our “Fun Fridays” where we will do crafts, planned activities, field trips, and birthday days.

Team Staff: Volunteers and staff from Le Moyne College, Town of DeWitt, and J-D School District

Yearly Fee: 2014-2015 fees TBA 

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes
Led by CJ Falasco cjfalas@uc.sy.edu  Please e-mail CJ for more information.



Volunteers are priceless. If you wish to assist with any of our current programs or start up a new one please contact us. Non-perishable donations can be dropped off conveniently at the DeWitt Town Hall or the David G. Klim Learning & Recreation Center.

Contact Us

David G. Klim Center

49 Caton Drive

DeWitt, NY 13214

Phone: (315) 218-7291

Email: pia@townofdewitt.com

Megan Ball, Program Site Supervisor 

Phone: (315) 446-3910 x 127

Town of DeWitt Recreation Department

5400 Butternut Drive
East Syracuse, NY 13057

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