Now that kids are back in school and mostly settled into their routines,enriching and fun after-school programs are a priority to find for most families.
Let’s face it. Since after-school activities take place in the afternoons of school days, they can really help working parents with childcare until they are done with work. Even though this is our primary motivation for having our kids participate in an after-school activity, we also want then to get some benefit out of it.
With the economy the way it is, cheap or free options are necessary. Its expensive enough just getting the supplies and clothes for school. Some after-school programs can break the bank.
Luckily, most areas in the US offer tons of sports, arts, academics and other kinds of classes for kids, for free or really reasonably priced. These after-school programs can also be high-quality.
Some places in towns and cities all over the United States, offer after-school programs every day of the week. Most programs with a free price tag are more abbreviated, only meeting once or twice a week.
For example, your local community center, library, park, culture center, high school, museum, gallery, etc may provide activities funded by state funds or private donations for the benefit of your community. All you need to do is search. Not just on the Internet using a search engine but via word of mouth from other parents, teachers, newspapers, newsletters, librarians, etc.
After-school activities can serve as a great foundation to cultivate in young children experiences featuring leadership and dealing with problem solving.
Read more on after-school activities here (http://www.scholastic.com/resources/article/best-bets-for-after-school/).
Afterschool activities and free resources from SmartTutor.
Article By Nuria Almeida
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