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*Please be sure you have arranged transportation with your child's school, and that all required forms and payments are completed*


The Cortland Homer Afterschool Mentorship Program (CHAMP) is offered through the JM McDonald Sports Complex for boys and girls in  grades K-6. CHAMP is an exciting NYS approved afterschool activity program designed to provide affordable, quality, and developmentally appropriate afterschool care to area youth. The CHAMP mission is “To provide a healthy, activity based after-school program for grade school students in the Cortland/Homer area that provides a mentorship connection with SUNY Cortland physical education majors through a NY State licensed childcare program.”


The CHAMP Program is based on a three-prong approach:


  • Planned physical activity (using SUNY Cortland P.E. Majors as mentors)

  • Nutrition education (Healthy eating choices and habits) 

  • Creative classroom activities and homework help


The program utilizes the CATCH afterschool curriculum developed by Flaghouse (, which is designed to teach kids the importance of eating healthy and being physically active. Additional program goals include:

  1. Increase the physical activity levels of Cortland/Homer youth (K-6th grade).

  2. Provide quality mentorship experiences for college students interested in working with youth.

  3. Decrease the overweight and obesity levels of Cortland/Homer area youth.


Part Time: 3 days per week or less on a regular basis ($130 per month for one child, $110 for every additional child via our Sibling Discount) *Card price is $143 per month for one child, and $121 for each additional child*


Full Time: 4-5 days per week on a regular basis ($190 per month for one child, $160 for every additional child via our Sibling Discount) *Card Price is $209 per month per child, and $176 for every additional child*


This program is an extension of our CHAMP Afterschool Program that offers child care on days off from school. Children will participate in crafts, games, and other activities. Similar to the CHAMP Program, this program runs in accordance with the Cortland School District calendar. There is an additional cost to this program, and pre-registration is required.


CLICK HERE to register or for more info on CHAMP School's Out.

AVAILABLE POSITIONS: to apply please send resume to

Job Title:

CHAMP Group Teacher

Reports To:

Childcare Director and Operations Manager

Job Overview:

The CHAMP Group Teacher will work closely with the other CHAMP Group Teachers and the Childcare Director to support the childcare program. This position will require the teacher to:

  • Provide assistance to the other CHAMP teachers and children during program hours

  • Lead and facilitate activities given from the Childcare Director

  • Follow a schedule and instructions

  • Serve as support to other teachers and staff in the building

  • Have strong communication skills with other CHAMP teachers as well as the Childcare Director

  • Responsible for the care of the children during program hours 

  • Responsible to report situations of child abuse or maltreatment of any kind 

Time Availability:

The CHAMP program runs after school from 3 pm-6 pm Monday-Friday


  • An Associates degree or higher in: child development, elementary education, physical education, recreation or a related field.

    • Also accepted: A School-Age Child Care Credential or other Office-Recognized Credential specific to the school-age development period.​​

  • At least one year of experience working with children less than 13 years of age 

  • Or a High School diploma (or its equivalent) and two years of direct experience working with children less than 13 years of age.

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