Parents always want the best for their children, and that includes safe, enriching activities that provide structure. After-school programs introduce kids to new topics and spark their creativity, helping them become more engaged students and members of their community. If you’re looking for a way to make the coming school year your child’s best one yet, consider these reasons to enroll in an after-school program.
Improves Academic Performance
Research shows that after-school programs can improve children’s academic performance, health, and even behavior in the classroom by making more resources available to them. Whether you enroll your child in a reading and writing program or introduce them to the fine arts, you’ll boost their grades—and their mood!
Encourages Physical Activity
Without an organized activity, your child might spend their time after school watching TV or playing on the Internet. Signing them up for a sport or community service activity will get them moving, improving their physical health.
Expands Your Child’s Interests
Has your child expressed interest in robotics or drama? Even if these activities aren’t available as academic classes, many communities offer them as after-school programs. This is the perfect opportunity for your child to explore new topics and discover their passion.
Reduces Exposure to Crime
Enrichment programs provide children with access to role models who can help them find productive ways to spend their time. Structured activities and access to trustworthy adults reduces young people’s risk of getting involved with dangerous situations like drug use and crime.
Helps Kids Build Relationships
Your child interact with the same people every day at school, helping them make connections with their classmates. Joining an after-school program can enhance their social skills by introducing them to new kids who share their interests.
The new school year is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about fun, constructive activities. New Jersey’s MindsAhead Academy can help you find an after-school program that boosts academic performance and helps your child succeed. Their tutors are dedicated to providing engaging activities that make learning more enjoyable. For more information about enrollment, call the Edison location at (732) 791-4848 or the Hackensack location at (201) 380-9870. Visit their website for program details.