ABOUT US

Founder

Maria Adams-Lawton is the founder of Afterschool Kidz Zone LLC and here is her story. In 1984, after graduating from high school, Maria Adams-Lawton started working at Golightly Educational Center as a paraprofessional while attending Wayne State University majoring in engineering. At that time the parent group was trying to start an after school latch-key program for parents who needed before and after school care for their children. On days when she didn’t have classes Ms. Adams-Lawton would volunteer and work for the program. She worked in the program for a couple years until she received a fulltime job. In 1990, Ms. Adams-Lawton decided to go back to school and become a teacher. In 1994, she never forgot her wonderful experience at Golightly and was selected to do her student teaching at Golightly that school year. During this time she started back volunteering in the afterschool program again.

In 1996, the director of the program was retiring from the position and asked Ms. Adams-Lawton to be the director. Ms. Adams-Lawton held the position until 2007 when the new parent board decided they no longer wanted the responsibility of running the program and asked if she wanted to take over the entire program. In 2007, she changed the name and now operates at several locations with over 250 children.  Afterschool Kidz Zone LLC combines recreation, education, life skills and role modeling in a year-round program. The youth participates in a variety of sports and enrichment activities such as soccer, basketball, baseball, football, cheerleading, water polo, tennis, skiing, lacrosse, swimming, & track and field. The youth also participate in enrichment activities by focusing on archery, dance, art, karate, chess, robotics and drama activities during the school year.

 

Our Team

Carrie German-Wright

Carrie German-Wright

Director

“I have worked for our latchkey program for over 25 years and I enjoy it so much because the children bring me so much joy. They keep me young and active. I love their innocence and like me they enjoy learning something new everyday. The latchkey students are intelligent, energetic and keep me current with today’s music. The students are like my second family. A lot of my standards and health protocols are in place to keep the kids safe. As Director of After School Kidz Zone, I plan to continue to provide child care in a safe, clean and healthy environment, utilize all the feedback from the children and their families to provide fun field trips, activities, tutoring and recreation for all.”

Arika Shorter

Arika Shorter

Director

“Wife and mother of 2. I graduated from Michigan State (GO GREEN) with a BA degree in Family and Community Services and an emphasis  in Childhood and Youth Development. I have been working with children since I was in middle school and employed with After School Kidz Zone for 8 years.”

Brenda Williams

Brenda Williams

Childcare Worker

“I have been working for the company for about 6 years. I enjoy being around and active with the little ones. I love helping kids too accomplish learning and good habits.”

We are Available: Monday – Friday

6:30am – 8:30am

3:00pm – 6:30pm

Call us: (313) 229-8406 or (313) 848-1090