After-School Success: 7 Benefits of Afterschool Programs for Kids

Not all afterschool programs are created alike, but high-quality programs run by loving, professional staff present kids with a lot of opportunities. With this in mind, let’s look at the top 7 benefits of afterschool care.

1. Afterschool programs provide a safe place for kids to be until parents can pick them up after work.

Most children get out of school around 3 or 4 pm, while most adults don’t get off of work until closer to 5 or 6 pm. This gap in care creates a true need for afterschool programs. These programs provide parents with a safe place for their kids to land immediately after school until they can pick them up.

2. Afterschool programs allow kids to socialize safely after school.

Kids get some socialization throughout the day with their peers, but one of the potential benefits of afterschool care is that kids get a chance to spend a bit more time with friends outside the classroom. Children can benefit from this extra time with friends, connecting, participating in activities, or working on homework in a safe environment.

3. Afterschool programs allow kids to receive help with their homework.

Speaking of homework, afterschool programs also give kids a quiet place to sit down and complete their homework with peers or adults. Sometimes tutors will even be available if students are struggling with a particular concept or subject and need extra help.

4. Afterschool programs prompt kids to be active after school instead of sedentary.

Kids sit at a desk all day, then they head home to sit some more browsing social media on their phones, watching TV, or playing video games. Afterschool programs can provide kids with time to run and play and get their pent-up energy out after a long day in the classroom. Kids need to get their bodies moving, and afterschool care is a perfect time for them to do it.

5. Afterschool programs provide kids with the opportunity to be around loving, supportive adults.

Sadly, not every child belongs to a happy, healthy family. Children in unstable family situations benefit, therefore, from the safety, and warmth that quality afterschool caregivers give. Having someone help them with their homework, listen to them talk about their day, or even pray with them can be extremely important in a child’s life.

And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

Mark 9:36-37 ESV

6. Afterschool programs give kids more time to play.

As parents and caregivers, our default is to equip our kids with the tools they need to become successful. One of the key elements of a child’s learning, however, is PLAY. According to Dr. Harpreet Kaur, a licensed clinical psychologist for kids and teens at CHOC in Orange County, California.,

“Unstructured playtime promotes social skill development, and kids develop problem-solving skills…. It allows them to be creative thinkers and develop assertiveness, and they learn how to cope with negative emotions.”

7. Afterschool programs can give kids the chance to try new things in a stress-free way.

Perhaps your child wants to pursue art a bit more or try their hand at learning a musical instrument. One of the benefits of afterschool care is that kids have the chance to pursue hobbies, explore new interests, and discover who they want to be without being dragged here there and everywhere to do it.

Register for Smokerise Childcare’s afterschool care today!