Welcome to ACCESS Programs
If you’re looking for high quality Out-of-School and Community Enrichment Programs, you’ve come to the right place. At ACCESS we work in partnership with the Winchester School District, local organizations and a number of service agencies to increase academic achievement and provide a safe environment.
ACCESS has been located in Winchester since 2000, and serves the parents, families, and youth at the Winchester School. We are a 21st Century Community Learning Center and support the work of Drug Free Communities through each of our activities.
Elementary (grades K-5)
- AM: $5/day
- PM: $7/day
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
- AM & PM: Free
In 2000 a group of volunteers at the Winchester School came together to offer a safe place for children to gather and enjoy enriching games and activities after school. This consisted of the principal, school guidance counselor of a couple teachers. ASK (After School Kids) was formed.
2004 Jan Gamache and a host of Winchester residents & teachers along with Keene State College, 4-H/UNH Cooperative Extension, Monadnock Family Services, Camp Spofford and Winchester's local action network, CAST, banded together and were awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant form the NH Dept. Of Education to provide before and after school programs as well as summer programs to the children of Winchester & Ashuelot, NH for 5 years.
2006 Jan Gamache retires as Director & Jeremy Miller takes the helm at ACCESS.
2007 ACCESS's Partners develop a vision to bring out-of-school program opportunities to Cheshire County. Another 21st Century grant is awarded to ACCESS for 5 years to offer out-of-school programs to the children of Gilsum, Sullivan, Surry & Troy, NH.
2008 ACCESS & its partners are awarded another 21st Century grant to expand out-of-school programs into Hinsdale, NH at their Elementary & Middle Schools for 5 years.
2008 ACCESS is awarded its first AmeriCorps/A*VISTA National Service Member. Each subsequent year ACCESS applies for and receives national service members through various sponsor organizations. Over 15 national service members have served through ACCESS to date.
2008 ACCESS & Winchester's local action network, CAST, see a need for drug prevention programming through building hope for children & families' futures. With support from Winchester School, Camp Spofford, Winchester Police Department and the ELMMCC, Winchester starts its drug prevention coalition, We've Got Your Back (WGYB).
2009 ACCESS with its 75 + partners is awarded another 21st Century Grant for 5 years for Winchester & Ashuelot, NH.
2010 ACCESS in partnership with the aforementioned is awarded a Drug Free Communities grant and provides the directorate and coordination for the DFC grant for 5 years.
2014 ACCESS with its partners in support again is awarded another 21st Century grant for 5 years.