After school has become a core component of a child’s learning ecosystem by providing diverse opportunities and experiential learning.
In recent years, as schools shift focus on measureable academic results and smaller budgets, other key aspects of schooling like art, language, music, sports, drama etc have taken a hit. After school programs come in to fill in these gaps to create a holistic learning ecosystem for children and youth.
Studies of high quality after school programs have found that participating children see a significant improvement in their self-perception, increased positive social behavior and a decrease in problem behavior.
Depending on your school, these type of after school programs are either publicly or privately funded and then managed by the school’s PTA—a close knit network of parents that not only monitor the integrity of the club, but often hand select the type of clubs offered, based on the desires of the community they represent and understand best.
Parents are pleased about the convenience of these programs decreasing one extra commute in their day, along with their competitive pricing while students welcome a special chance to develop new talents and strengths in a fun way.
These clubs give children a chance to stay at school an extra hour after the final bell rings to experience an intimate exploration of new hobbies, sports and academic topics. Much research shows that after school activities improve academic levels.
Given the many benefits of extracurricular enrichment activities, the after school programming community is taking great shape as it creates a chance for children to look back one day & enthusiastically say, “Yes. I’ve tried that before!” And in many cases, these clubs help gracefully propel students to pursue their interests deeper in the future years to come.
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