9 Questions You Should Ask About After-school Programs

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It’s no surprise that after-school programs can do much more than keep your children occupied during the afternoon. After-school activities can help them in a variety of ways. In addition to providing a safe space with caring adult mentors, after-school programs help children develop time-management skills, build self-esteem and practice goal-setting.

Quality after-school programs understand that children and youth in different age groups have different academic, psychological and physical activity needs. Learn what to ask to make sure you choose the right after-school program for your child.

after-school programsHere are 9 Questions You Should Ask About After-school Programs

  1. How many young people are in the program that are the same age as my child? What is the age range for the entire program?
  2. Does your staff have a background in education, child development or learning and attention issues? Is there someone available to help with their homework?
  3. How do you handle discipline? How are students encouraged to resolve conflicts?
  4. Do the activities change so that the routine doesn’t become boring?
  5. Will they be encouraged to try new activities?
  6. Will I need to provide any type of sports equipment for activities?
  7. Do you offer character-building programs?
  8. What are the hours of the program?
  9. I am on a tight budget—what are the program fees? Do you offer scholarships?

The First Tee after-School programs

after-school programsMore than 11.3 million youth are either alone or unsupervised from 3-6 p.m. The First Tee believes that all youth should have access to safe places and caring adult mentors who provide an experience that help them grow socially, emotionally and academically. With more than 1,200 program locations and 3,900 trained coaches, The First Tee offers programs to youth of all backgrounds on golf courses. In addition, we partner with youth centers—likes Y’s and Boys and Girls Club, to offer our program at their facilities.

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10 responses to “9 Questions You Should Ask About After-school Programs

  1. These are great questions to ask. But truth be told most important thing is to build a relationship with superintendents or principals so that you get information first-hand.

  2. We really need a program like this in schuylkill county pa. We h Ave had an influx of Alot of people from different ethinicty.. 8 years ago there was a tragedy with an Hispanic man was beaten and died by some youths in Shenandoah pa that made national news. Now would be a great time to bring the 9 core values to the youth in our schools. This is a poor region but has great potential, how can I get a program launched.

  3. When I grew up they didn’t have options like this. My mom would always say, “Go home, be good, and don’t answer the door.” The questions you listed here reminds me that after school programs are much more than just babysitters. I hope when I have kids, I’ll do the digging you suggest before enrolling my kid in an after school program.

  4. It can never hurt to ask about child education backgrounds and certifications when choosing an after school program for your child. After all, you always want to make sure that they are being taken care of by responsible teachers and other school staff. It might also help to ask how they are connected to the school and if you can in touch with them through means such as the principle or the other teachers.

  5. Thank you for your presentation on what to look for in an after-school program. I especially appreciate the question you pose about discipline and conflict resolution. I feel as though a well-organized program will have this planned out and optimized to help with the growth of my child. I will keep these questions in mind while helping her decide which public school programs she wishes to join.

  6. Thanks for the tips on things you should look for in an after school program, they were very applicable to my search. I agree that the school encouraging new activities is an important aspect of an after school program, it can teach kids to venture out of their comfort zone. My wife and I are looking for a good program for our kids while we both work, I will be sure to share these tips with her.

  7. Hi there, I appreciate the 9 suggestions you made when looking for a quailty afterschool program. Im in the process of starting my own afterschool program and am looking for what parents are looking for or should be looking for, in terms of quailty care. For myself I have a nine year old and afterschool hours are precious to me because I remember not having any options as a child. Thanks to everybody for their comments as well its helping me compose a survey to give to the schools in my neighbourhood. Take Care of yourself and the children.❤

  8. I really appreciate your advice to ask an after-school child care program about what activities they offer to children and what the hours are. This will be very helpful because I won’t be able to watch my children directly after their school due to getting a new schedule at work. We’ll start looking into after-school child care in our area.

  9. I wanted tot hank you for explaining what questions could be worth asking an after-school program. It’s nice to know that you can learn what kind of activities will change so that the routine isn’t boring. Maybe it could also be good to learn how often the activities could change, especially if some activities could take time for a person to learn and/or master.

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