Why are After School Programs Important?
By Rachel Wells
So why are after school programs so important? After school programs can play a critical role in fostering your child’s growth and development, so whether or not your child needs after school care due to a parents evening commitments or work schedule, after school programs are going to greatly benefit your child. After school programs provide exciting curriculum that students want to participate in.
These programs can push children outside of their comfort zones and expose them to new interests and ideas, along with creating opportunities for future career exploration. Many after school programs integrate and promote physical health and the importance of staying active into daily activities as well. The following list will further explain a few reasons why after school programs are so important, and what your child will gain from participating in quality after school activities.
Improved Academic Performance
After school programs
can play a large part in improved academic performance by providing opportunities to learn in an environment without high stakes testing. With flexible and creative activities such as STEM projects
, cooking lessons, science experiments, and more, after school programs are made to enhance and compliment the school day, within its own unique structure. After school programs can also improve academic performance by providing help with homework and one on one tutoring
Safe and Structured Environment
After school programs provide a safe and structured environment. Working parents will be less worried about their child if they are in a structured after school program verses being home alone after the school day. There is a proven reduction in risky behaviors among students that participate in an after school programs. On-site after school programs provide a perfect solution for working parents
who cannot be home in time to bring their child to an after school activity or sport
In an after school program, students have an opportunity to meet new people and learn how to interact with children of varying ages and abilities. Students that may struggle with relationships in their classroom may feel more accepted in an after school program, where all of the children share common interests. After school programs encourage positive relationships with trusted adult role models and mentors as well. After school programs can leave a lasting positive impact by creating and encouraging unique relationships, that students would not find elsewhere.
So Why Are After School Programs Important?
So why are after school programs important? The answer is simple. After school programs provide a safe and structured environment, lead to improved academic performance, provide activities that children want to participate in, and help to foster positive relationships. If your child has an opportunity to participate in an after school program, I encourage you to get them signed up, and see for yourself the benefits that will come from it.