It is estimated that the number of children without after school supervision is as high as 15 million. Too many children are ending the school day and going home to an empty house, with no adult supervision or direction. It is critical not only for the safety and emotional well-being of these children but also for their social and mental development that they use the time between when the school day ends and when a parent returns to the home.
This site has been created to provide resources, educational tools, and information for maths, science, etc. to help families and kids find solutions to after school activities. We work closely with local organizations and businesses and rely upon a dedicated staff and group of volunteers to meet our objectives. Through our efforts we help those who may be disadvantaged to receive guidance, counseling, and education. The importance of children receiving supervision and guidance in the hours directly following the end of the school day cannot be over emphasized for several reasons. Bearing in mind that children do not have the ability to implement logical thinking under stressful circumstances it is important that an adult be present. The benefits of after school programs have been heavily researched and results clearly reveal that a child who is enrolled in and attends an after school program has long term positive effects that are not just academic but also emotional, social, and healthful. Children in after school programs are encouraged to complete homework tasks before being allowed to play.
Adults are present to provide assistance with any homework task the child may be struggling with. After school programs also often have other learning toys and tasks for a child to complete (voluntarily) after homework is completed, that although are learning toys are considered to be fun at the same time. Children in after school programs tend to score higher on academic tests. Social skills are reinforced with interaction with other children in after school programs. Being able to play as part of a team and to be respectful of other children is essential to a child’s current and future wellbeing. If a child has built a rapport with one or more of the adult supervisors at the after school program he or she may also feel comfortable enough to share their concerns and receive the emotional support they require in a timely manner. A child who is often alone after school, without parental supervision, is likely to enjoy gifts that will stimulate his or her mind. Gifts such as jigsaw puzzles, books about their interests, age appropriate video games, and other learning games can all be fun things to give a child and at the same time be helpful to his or her development.