The Importance of After School Programs

The Importance of After School Programs

There are immense benefits a quality after school program can bring to all school-aged children. Children and youth go through dramatic physical, emotional, and cognitive changes during their formative school years. After school programs can offer an array of activities that are not always available during a traditional school day and have a significant role in helping children navigate early adolescence.

The National Institute of Out-of-School Time says, “These experiences are essential to the healthy development of children and youth, who can become effective and capable members of society.”

An article called “Benefits for Youth, Families & Communities” on the web site youth.gov lists the benefits of these programs and states “After school programs can boost academic performance, reduce risky behaviors, promote physical health, and provide a safe, structured environment for the children of working parents.” In addition, “Effective after school programs can improve classroom behavior, school attendance, academic aspirations, and can reduce the likelihood that a student will drop out.”

As a quality after school program, KidsTek encourages all parents and guardians to look into the after school opportunities provided at your school!

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