In the past several years, numerous after school clubs surged in the United States. A number of private organizations have even offered funding for today’s after school clubs. In a recent study, 4 out of 10 kids from kindergarten all the way through eighth grade have participated in after school clubs at least once a week. But the unfortunate part is, there are still millions of school youths who are either unsupervised or left on their own after school.
A recent observation from multiple studies show that after school clubs are actually keeping children protected from unsafe and bad behaviors. At the same time, they give an extra set of hands for working parents.
After school clubs are important since they assist children to develop social skills, improve their academic standings, and aid in crafting strong supportive relationships with adults aside from their parents. Children can greatly benefit from social skill development and enriched academic skills which leads to proper conflict management and better class attendance. Children in middle school who continuously take part in after school clubs will be more attentive in class and engaged in school activities with less chances of exhibiting in-school violent behavior. [Read more...]