One thing many working parents have to be really thankful for are the many opportunities there are to engage their children when they can’t. After school programs are one such opportunity where organizations, schools, and other institutions provide extended day opportunities where school aged children can learn and development outside of the regular school system. After school programs constitute a whole new environment of learning, socializing, recreation and development.
What are these programs?
After school programs came about out of the need to provide a care service to children whose parents are unable to be with them in the hours after the day has ended. After school care services have developed programs that fill the gap and that provide a new learning environment that supports children’s cognitive development, cultural awareness, and social and physical growth. After school services are offered primarily in the afternoons, immediately after school but there are services also in the evenings, weekends, during the summer break and on holidays.
Social Benefits of After School Programs
The benefits of after school programs are many. This extended day activities have enhanced kids’ physical development because there are a lot of physical activities to be involved in. Their mental capacities are stimulated because of more learning opportunities in different subject areas. We cannot forget also the important benefit of having kids do their homework in sessions scheduled for them. Neither can we overlook the importance of after school activities in building social skills. Here are some key social skills children develop in after school programs.
Why are after school programs so beneficial? This is a community where kids have a host of others to work and play with. They will learn many skills in how to interact with each other. And they certainly will use them in their future lives.
If you are looking for a reputable, professional and affordable after school program in the Albany area, please reach out to TSL Adventures. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
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