If you want to keep your child safe and happy after school, statistics show that enrolling them in an afterschool activity is probably your best bet. Here are some reasons you might want to put your child into an afterschool program.
- Teens who do not participate in afterschool programs are nearly three times more likely to skip classes than teens who do participate. They are also three times more likely to use marijuana or other drugs, and they are more likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and engage in sexual activity. (YMCA of the USA, March 2001)
- Parents who are concerned about their children’s after-school care miss an average of eight days of work per year. Decreased worker productivity related to parental concerns about after-school care costs businesses up to $300 billion per year. (Brandeis University, Community, Families and Work Program, 2004 and Catalyst & Brandeis University, December 2006)
- Parents in the TASC study said that the program helped them balance work and family life: 94 percent said the program was convenient, 60 percent said they missed less work than before because of the program, 59 percent said it supported them in keeping their job, and 54 percent said it allowed them to work more hours. (Policy Studies Associates, Inc., 2004)
Children and youth who regularly attend quality afterschool programs have better grades and conduct in school, are more likely to graduate, and have lower incidences of drug-use, violence and pregnancy. (Afterschool Alliance, November 2005)
After reading those statistics you problably aren’t asking your self if you should put your child in an afterschool program. Instead, you’re probably asking where to sign them up. Here are 10 afterschool activities you might consider enrolling your child.
- Music (guitar, piano, drums)
- Organized Sports (Soccer, Football, Lacrosse)
- Volunteer Organizations
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