After school programs are becoming more and more popular, and it’s no wonder: these programs can be a true godsend for the millions of American families without a parent or relative available to pick up a child from school in the middle of the afternoon, but are these programs good places for
As a parent, your first concern regarding any after-school program is safety.
– Are the students safe and well-supervised?
– Are the staff members fingerprinted, their backgrounds checked and cleared before hiring?
– Is there a procedure for parents picking up their children?
– Are all of the site entrances locked and/or guarded?
– What happens if a child gets hurt or sick?
– Is an adult front and center to make certain that safety rules and procedures are followed?
Once those questions have been answered, it’s time to see how the after-school program handles
Not All After School Programs Are the Same
There are different types of after-school programs, and each type will have its own
Doesthe program mention homeworkin its brochure, website and materials? Dothey say it is a priority? If they don’t mention homework, it’s probably not a priority. Doesthe program have dedicated space and time to complete homework? There should be a homeworkarea (a separate room is ideal) for students to work on their homework. This environment should be quiet and free from distractions (usually those students not doing homework!). Doesthe program have proper homeworkmaterials, supplies such as paper, pencils, and reference books? Doesthe program have an adult supervising the homeworkarea? An adult staff member should be available to answer questions, to make certain that no copying (cheating) is taking place and to keep students focused on finishing their work.
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