An afterschool program is a great way to get your child involved in a safe, educational, and enjoyable activity after school. There may be many times you need some extra care for a few hours after school. An afterschool program is the perfect answer to encouraging their social, emotional, and educational development.
Reasons to Join an Afterschool Program
There are endless reasons to join an afterschool program. They present a healthy and safe environment for your child to stay in, and the educational resources to thrive as students. As well as the community of friends and a support system that will not let them falter or fail. These programs promote healthy and accelerated development into responsible youths.
1.) A Safe Environment
Afterschool programs ensure that your child is in a safe and encouraging location. Many times children who may be bored or unsupervised could get involved with behaviors that could be detrimental to their health and development. After-school programs ensure that you know where they are and that they are safe and enjoying themselves. After school programs have been shown to have an impact on drug and alcohol use, discouraging students from getting involved in dangerous activities.
2.) Educational Resources
Afterschool programs offer knowledge and education that continues well after school is over.
These programs vary in lessons, age groups, and educational focuses. Afterschool programs can range from healthy living programs to youth leadership programs. overall the programs encourage the development and growth of your child. Thus, encouraging future success by learning new educational skills. Afterschool programs also increase and improve school performance aiding your child in moving and progressing at a good pace. These can include such things as improved test performance, better grades, higher quality work on homework among other things.
These programs also aid in the development of your child a student. Here they may get the attention they need to develop and understand more academic concepts. This also can help them learn the way that they learn and consume information best whether that is visual, auditory, or tactile, or a combination.
3.) Give Them a Community
Another plus of afterschool programs is their ability to give your child a community, fellow peers of the same age range who are interested in the same things. Your child can make lifelong friends in the various after school programs that can be offered. Thus, also developing their social skills and improving the quality of their interactions with others.
4.) Promoting Emotional and Social Development
These after school programs have also been shown to improve your child’s confidence and even promote self-awareness and improvement of behavior. With constant social interaction, these programs build a community while allowing your child to develop their language, listening, and interactional skills. It is vital to their development into successful and well-rounded adults that they learn healthy emotional and social interactions from a young age. It is important that the staff or teachers of these programs promote a safe, happy, and fun environment for your child to fully develop.
At the Y we reflect the highest possible levels of care and the promotion of healthy development that are possible. Our caretakers are trained to teach your child how to develop into well-rounded adults. Through mirroring, teaching, and the promotion of our core values, the Y is sure to provide an afterschool program that is perfect for your child’s mental, physical, and emotional health.