After-school programs are a valuable addition to your child’s schedule. The bell might ring to end the school day, but spending this time participating in other activities help your child develop social skills, make friends and explore their various interests to determine where their passions lie.
Decreases the likelihood of skipping school and behavioral problems
After school programs give kids something to look forward to after their long day of learning. They enjoy this time getting to unwind and don’t want to compromise it by skipping classes. These activities also encourage children to work harder at their academics, especially if the school has a policy about grades and attendance regarding participation in extracurricular activities. The relationships formed between staff and children helps them develop positive character traits such as being open-minded and respect that are necessary for everyday life.
Every student doesn’t learn the same way, and some individuals need one-on-one attention to understand a concept or theory. Participating in tutoring, in a more personal environment can aid academic progress and allow your child to feel more confident as they grasp the concepts. They have more time to focus on an assignment in an environment where they can get help, since it’s not always easy for parents to help their children with homework, especially with new standards.
It’s not always possible for one parent to be home at all times, and afterschool programs help families by ensuring that their child is in a secure and safe environment until they are able to go home. These children are less likely to get involved with drugs or engage in dangerous or criminal behavior than those who aren’t involved in any activities. A study by the YMCA of the USA determined that students who don’t participate in any after school programs or sports are three times more likely to drink alcohol, try drugs or smoke cigarettes.
After school programs are often made possible by outside organizations not affiliated with the school district such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization. These organizations and the individuals involved with them assist families by allowing them to work more hours if necessary, miss less time due to lack of a babysitter and allowed them to keep their jobs by providing the flexibility and availability necessary.
Don’t underestimate the benefits after school, sports and extra-curricular activities have on your child’s grades and behavior. The positive environment fosters learning new skills, breaks communication barriers and helps them form valuable lasting relationships with their peers.