After School program

Fun, friends, homework!   Whether your child is a budding actor, tech wizard, athlete, author or rock star, there’s something for everyone in our Explorer Program. Here are some of the ex...

Fun, friends, homework!
 
Whether your child is a budding actor, tech wizard, athlete, author or rock star, there’s something for everyone in our Explorer Program. Here are some of the exciting zones and enrichment activities that your child will enjoy after school.

 
Imagine a nurturing after school program where children can relax, make friends and continue to learn while having fun. Children receive homework help so they establish good habits and are freed up for more family fun at home. Still, there’s plenty of time to explore creative expression, sports, technology, drama, music, games or enjoy some downtime.
 
An after school program isn’t just advantageous for children; for some, they’re crucial. They improve homework completion, encourage good behavior in the classroom.
 
Here are a few ideas to build an after school program curriculum that can help keep students engaged with learning both in and out of the classroom.
 
HOW TO START A SUCCESSFUL AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Organization is key when trying to determine how to run a successful after school program.
The first step is to consider the curriculum itself. Most after school programs take a holistic approach to a child’s well-being, evaluating how it can make a child more socially engaged, physically and emotionally cared for, and more committed to academics.
 
CREATING AN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: LESSON PLANS & CURRICULUM
 
The activities make the program. Students should be united under a common goal with their activity, given a chance to share resources, and have an equal opportunity to participate and excel.
 
Here are a handful of suggestions:
- The arts. For a creative, communal, and cost-effective activity that’s suitable for elementary or middle school age kids, set up a crafting table using blank-canvas objects from nature, like a pine cone or wood block. Set out paint brushes, scissors, felt, glitter, and glue, and let students work at their own pace.
- Literacy. Students learn how to format a letter and correspond with sociability and cultural perspective in mind. Be sure to read the letters before sending them out to insure no personal information has been divulged.
- Science. Try collecting straws, eye droppers, and wax paper to have kids individually blow into the water and watch the droplets move and break apart, demonstrating surface tension. As a middle school or high school program idea for experiments, try science experiments with a theme — like renewable energy — that will culminate in a larger project and spark interest in a career pathway.
HOW AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS BENEFIT STUDENTS 
 
In the big picture, after school programs offer many benefits to students from all walks of life and areas of interest. They provide them with an alternative to learning just what’s in school textbooks and having an avenue to exercise their own creativity and push their limits.
 
SCHOOL AGE PROGRAMS
 
School Age Programs promote the social, physical, educational and emotional growth of all children in a safe, caring, structured environment.
 
The primary goal is to ensure all families have access to affordable, high-quality before- and after-school programs promoting strong academic success, health and fitness, recreational activities and enrichment opportunities that nurture all aspects of the development of children and youth.