Childcare doesn’t stop once your child has moved on to being of age to start school. In fact, they may need it more since school is often not for the duration of the workday like preschool is. That’s where afterschool childcare programs come in, and during the current pandemic and online learning environment, all-day childcare programs.
How to Choose the Right School Age Childcare Program
It can be difficult to choose the right afterschool program for your child. Afterschool programs can provide your child with a safe space, encourage growth emotionally and socially, and provide them with memories and friends to last a lifetime. When looking into afterschool programs you should consider several things.
- Safety – Your child’s safety is the most important thing, so make sure to look into the location that you’re thinking for their school-age childcare program. Does the location have good reviews and seem safe, clean, and organized? Ask about what safety measures are in place and how the staff will handle emergency situations.
- Education – More than just watching your child, the right school-age childcare program should offer growth and development opportunities for your student. Children need engaging material to learn and grow. The programs should have an opportunity for educational development. Also, programs that collaborate with the child`s existing school programs are a great way to keep your child engaged and easily transition them to afterschool programs. If a facility can adhere to what they`re learning about already, this will help them grow and better perform in school.
- Social Engagement – This is another important component of any well-done afterschool program. This should be high up on your list to finding the right afterschool programs. Social engagement is vital to building your child’s social skills and being able to recognize emotional cues and build empathy. This also introduces the ability to work in a team and gives them the skills to communicate with others.
Effects of Successful School Age Childcare Programs
Afterschool and full-day programs can be a great way to develop social skills, ensure your child is safe, and give them opportunities for continued education even after they leave school or during online learning. With this continued education they can boost their knowledge and performance in school. Also, this encourages intellectual growth and is shown to improve classroom behavior.
Our YMCA afterschool program is designed in collaboration with your school district. We also offer a modified version of our typical afterschool program to provide support during the confusing time of online learning. We demonstrate respect and support for all cultures and religions, and thoroughly encourage each child to reach their true potential. We practice and encourage the social growth of your child. We promote the healthy development of spirit, mind, and body through our program.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still a threat as school is starting up again, many parents are worried about the logistics of having their school-aged children doing online learning. The Y is here to help by offering the Scholastic Support Center, a supplemental learning program for school-age children in grades K-5. This covers the normal school day and after school time from 6:30am-6pm. Learn more about the program and how the Y is here to help ensure your kids are on the right track for learning.