Learning Continues Outside the Classroom
How your child spends his or her time outside of school can have a positive impact on his or her education, readiness for college, and more. Quality programs and activities can help improve student work and study habits, homework completion rates, and grades in school. These activities can also improve your child’s interest in school, level of self-esteem, and relationships with both peers and adults.
Students involved in programs and activities outside of school are more likely to do well in school and gain a greater variety of interests and skills. When children have strong relationships with others and are connected to groups, extracurricular activities, and social circles, they have a better understanding of how to function in healthy ways. These interactions help build connections with friends, learn from one another, and develop social skills.
There are many programs and activities available to your child, both during the school year and in the summer months. Some programs are free to parents. If a program has a fee, there may be scholarships to help cover the cost of the program. Other programs may offer different payment levels for your family based on your household income.
Before & After School Programs
Many schools offer after-school programs, from tutoring to sports, that can benefit your child’s development. Ask your child’s teacher or school administrator what programs are offered, how to register for those programs, and if there are waiting lists for any of them. Once your child begins a program, encourage him or her by showing interest in the program or activity. For example, you might set aside time each day to ask questions about the program and whether your child is enjoying the activity.
If your child’s school does not offer after-school programs that meet your child’s interests or your family’s needs, you can search for additional programs offered in the community. These programs are often offered through religious or nonprofit organizations in your neighborhood. Some places that you may want to look are:
• The Boys and Girls Club
• The YMCA
• Boys Scouts / Girl Scouts
• Big Brother, Big Sister
• Faith-based organizations, such as local churches
• Volunteering programs at local community organizations