Out of School Time Programs (Before and After school, Summer Camp)

Out of School Time Programs (Before and After school, Summer Camp)

January 31, 2020 1 By Sebastian Fry


Hello, and thank you for joining us for
today’s Families Connected Learning Session. Did you know that children that
participate in before and after school programs and summer programs, go to
school more, do better in school, are more likely to graduate and that are less
likely to get in trouble or in harmful situations. These programs also help
parents stay focused on their work knowing that their children are in a safe
engaging place. In this session of Families Connected, we will talk about what Out of School Time Programs are, what types of programs are out there, and
how you can find one that is best for you and your child. You may have heard the terms before and after-school programs, extracurricular activities, or summer and intersession, or school break camps. In APS we call these Out of School Time Programs. These programs are more than just babysitters. These expanded learning opportunities gives students experiences
that build their skills for their future like leadership, collaboration, and
responsibility. During these programs students engage in hands-on projects, work with others to take on real-world problems, connect with children with community projects, and internships and summer jobs, or mentoring experiences. Out of School Time Programs give students a place to learn and explore their interests in a fun way outside of the classroom. Some programs also cater to your child’s specific needs, like if your child is struggling in a specific subject there are programs focused in those areas. Programs that take place during summer or during school breaks also provide students with learning throughout the year in order to prevent learning loss. Students are given the opportunity to choose something that they want to do and extend their school day. So, applying skills they’ve learned into a different area that they may not have had the opportunity to do. Before and After School Clubs really and or co-curricular provide extensions to what those academic expectations can and may be. So, it provides opportunities for
kids that may not shine in a venue like Algebra one or PreCalc Five or whatever it may be, it gives them a chance just to really be a superstar. There are mainly two types of Out of School Time Programs: care based, and interest based. However, even care based programs provide some sort of academic learning. You can find more programs in schools, community centers, churches, as well as childcare, and other businesses. Each program is different and each child
and family is different, so it is important to find one that works for your child and your family’s interests For a general list of programs in your
area, visit the website: www.aps.edu When looking for a program, some things you should look for are: location, cost, hours, and type of program. Also make sure that your program lets you drop in and check on your child at any time . The cost of the program is often one of the first things that families consider. You should ask about program fees, if there are any, and if there’s a sliding scale based on
family’s income, as well as if there are as well as if there are any scholarships available. The state supports low-income families with costs for certain licensed childcare types of Out of School Time Programs. You can go to newmexicokids.org to look for a list of these programs in your area and to get more information about the
Childcare Subsidy Program. If your child is already enrolled in a program or you would like to be more involved, think about volunteering in the program or
advocating for funding for your Out of School Time Programs at the city,
or county, or state levels. Finally, these programs want your child to have a good experience, so speak up. Your voice is important and will help programs find new ways to improve. So, fill out surveys and give your feedback to the programs. Out of School Time Programs, no matter if they are before or after school, during the summer, or a school break, are important. Your child will be more likely to succeed when they are in programs and most likely, you’ll be able to focus on your job knowing that your child is safe. I think I’ve seen like increased passion
in certain activities with the kids so they find something that are talented in and it’s just encouraging to them that they can learn their gifts you
know at and especially at an elementary level to start that. You know, start learning to dance, start learning to cook for their families. Those are pretty cool opportunities for kids. And I think that there’s some really good skills, like you just mentioned, that when they grow into being adults that they’re gonna be able
to use those skills and maybe continue on with dance or continue on
with some kind of Fitness. Things that they can kind of actually teach their children when they get older. It’s a motivation for students not only to be at school but to experience school as a place of many different interests, fun
and choice, and so that helps helps their overall effective experience of school. So, I think we really have to collaborate with our parents so they can understand how important it is to come to school every day and that that the programming that we offer before and after school really complements their students growth and development. Thank you for watching and don’t forget
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