Most parents have to work in the hours after a school day ends. The debate begins: should children go home and spend their time alone, or go to an after school program and spend their time with other children and teachers. A lot of parents worry about leaving their children home alone for those hours in between. Should their child walk home from the bus stop alone? Will they make a healthy snack? Will they work on homework? The good news is that afterschool programs exist to help develop your child socially, academically, and can even provide a nutritious snack!
Afterschool programs are designed to develop children further than a standard school day’s curriculum. The educational system has marks by which to measure a student’s progress, generally through standardized tests. A Family Tree teachers have RIELDS certification, CLASS, ITERS, ECERS, or SACERS courses. They utilize play-based learning aligned with RIELDS (Rhode Island Department of Education and the Rhode Island Early Learning Standards) for early education students. All students are actively involved in the learning process and daily communication ensures that you are kept involved in their development. Maintaining a close relationship with your child is important, so A Family Tree holds parent engagement events each month. Your feedback is important, and we want to hear it!
A Family Tree provides safe transportation from many local schools, please check in with us if you are unsure if your school makes the list. An afterschool program is much more than a safe ride, we provide nutritious snacks each day and homework help. Just think, your child could come home with all their homework already done! In addition, we have Garden club, Sports Club, Cooking Club, Book Club, Lego Club, Trivia, Guest Speakers/Visitors, Spelling Bees, Field Trips, and more! This list evolves with the needs of our students, so if yours has an interest that you don’t see here, be sure to let us know. With a big emphasis on community, A Family Tree students have participated in creating Thanksgiving baskets for giveaways, Gaspee Days Parades, making children’s “get well” cards for local hospitals, hope for the homeless backpack drive, and many more community events. Learning to be a member of society is not just about learning math and science (though those are important too!), one needs to take pride in their community and see the difference they can make.
Afterschool programs are utilized for many of the reasons you have already read. However, safety and security are of supreme importance. If you would like to learn more about or security systems, please feel free to meet with Miss Chris or Miss Erica so they can of go over it in more detail. It’s important to keep in mind that public school systems are responsible for moving a certain amount of students through each year. Afterschool programs have much more flexibility. They have hands on learning, encourage creativity and out-of-the box thinking, increase self confidence, teach leadership, and improve behavior skills. What is your reason for using an Afterschool program?