After School Activities Unlock Kids Potential
Last updated: March 22, 2023, at 5:07 a.m. PT
Originally published: September 1, 2017, at 2:08 p.m. PT
Unleash Your Child's Potential with After-School Programs
A new school year is filled with potential. It's a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships, and discover new possibilities or interests. It’s an exciting time for many kids, however at the end of the school day, 11.3 million kids head to homes where they are unsupervised from 3 to 6 p.m., according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness organization.
As children transition from summer to fall, the Y offers programs for school-aged children to keep them active, busy, and engaged during out-of-school hours. Through a well-rounded approach to youth development, the Y’s programs offer activities in a caring and safe environment. Whether through sports, mentorship, or academic support, the Y nurtures the potential of youth throughout the school year.
“One in five children do not have someone to care for them after school, an essential time to help increase children’s success in school,” said Courtney Whitaker, Executive of Youth Enrichment Programs for the YMCA of Greater Seattle. She adds: "After-school at the Y is an opportunity for families to ensure their kids are receiving additional support, continued learning and a chance to participate in meaningful activities that can inspire children’s motivations and abilities to succeed."
With the new school year upon us, it’s time to think about your child’s after-school plans. Depending on your local school, the Y offers licensed childcare and a la carte Kids University classes throughout King and South Snohomish Counties. Both programs optimize after-school time with active learning opportunities designed to engage and expand young minds.
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