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After-School Programs Deliver Success By Justin and Heidi Bushko, Snapology of Clearwater There are many things your children can do after-school, but few offer the benefits of an after-school enrichment program. Statistically, after-school programs have been demonstrated to reduce juvenile crimes, drug use, school drop-out, and other unsavory behaviors. Some programs have been proven to increase test scores, improve behavior in the classroom, and offer various opportunities for social growth. After-school programs have even been found to account for over 60% of the achievement gap between lower and higher income bracket children.

Millions of children are unsupervised each afternoon. After-school programs can offer many benefits if available to those children. Reduction in behavioral problems and improved grades and test scores are only a few of the benefits. Every child is different, but the variety of options they have for learning is critical to their development. Selecting a program can be difficult due to the number of options, but there are numerous benefits that many after-school programs are able to offer.

Develop Social Skills & Foster Friendships After-school programs offer different environments for activities as opposed to the classroom. These different environments allow familiar children to interact in different ways, typically in small groups, which can offer many social interaction opportunities, aid in improving confidence, and increase selfesteem. Small groups offer the opportunity to develop small group speaking/presenting skills, and even leadership opportunities. Interacting in small groups enable the growth and development of cooperation. Children are also likely to be more relaxed and more

likely to take more social risks, engage and interact differently, allowing for social growth. Programs not directly affiliated with your child’s school can also offer new circles of friends, which offers opportunity to improve social interactions. After-school programs generally offer different types of activities than the classroom. Typical changes include no tests, group work, and an overall less stressful environment. Teachers are more likely to engage with children on a more individualized basis to permit better engagement. The limited stress in these environments truly offer new learning engagement. This engagement can improve confidence, which may result in improved classroom behavior.

Play! Learn! Grow!

Pinellas County Schools Pre-K 3 and VPK

Nurturing programs where children: • Develop social and emotional skills • Build language and communication skills • Explore math and science • Discover the joy of learning

New Online Application Process Learn about Pre-K for 3 Year Olds and VPK at www.pcsb.org/early Questions? Call 727-588-6513

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