Before and After School Care for Working Families.

Choosing a good after-school program for my school age child.

After school care programs are set up for children of all ages. These programs help the child with their academic support, being a mentor for them, development, the arts, sports, and recreation. The programs build positive influences and improve academic performance, behaviors in the classrooms, the child’s health and their nutrition. It has been estimated that there have been 10 million children of all ages participating in after school programs a year, around 10 million that attend a summer camp a year, and in the programs offered by 4-H, there are nearly 6 million yearly.

There are community organizations that offer after school care programs for children. Here are some of the programs for school age care for children.
• The Boys and Girls Clubs of America
• 4-H Council
• Girls, Inc.
• Camp Fire USA
• Parks and Recreation Department
• Churches, synagogues, and mosques
• Police Athletic Leagues
• After School All-Stars

If these different organizations are either not available or do not offer the types of programs that the children. Some options may not be thought of right off. Here are some of them to think about.
• They can learn the art of wilderness survival from the Scout or Parks and Recreation
• Build Lego Robots
• Take music lessons with any instrument of interest
• Teach them to garden or about agriculture (farming)
• Let them learn how to do some form of martial arts, such as karate
• Take them to a gym to learn the proper way to workout

If you are still having trouble finding something for the children to do then some ways can be done to learn about places for school age care. Here are a few suggestions to get started with. There are always other parents, grandparents, and teachers that you can ask to see where their children go or if they have any recommendations. If necessary the local childcare resource and referral office can be called or emailed to see what recommendations they might have for after school programs in the area.

Some places are set up for infant care and child care for all ages. The local YMCA offers a professional staff that cares for the infants in a home-like environment and nurtures them as the parents would. The staff work with the infants to help them progress through the development of each stage of their lives.

Another place that is good for infant care and children of all ages is Children’s Community Center also known as CCC. When they work with the infants they are working towards getting them to their next milestone in development. They also include the learning of sign language into everyday activities. They work with toddlers on their gross motor skills; they do storytime, art projects, and music. They have free time to play and snacks too.