Research shows that children who participate in afterschool programs are more successful in academics, are healthier, and more often maintain positive behaviors. When the school day ends, children and teens need opportunities to learn and engage in meaningful activities. Their success out of school can impact how well they perform in school. Currently, 15.1 million children nationwide and 30% of children in Ohio are left unsupervised after 3 p.m. and do not participate in afterschool programs, according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization. To help close this gap, the YMCA offers quality afterschool programming at over 50 locations throughout central Ohio, in partnership with 10 local school districts.
As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, and a pioneer in afterschool programs, the Y believes guidance, encouragement and support along the learning continuum – from early learning and preschool to high school graduation and college – provide the best chance for our youth to succeed in school and life.
Studies show participation in afterschool programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance and reduces gaps in academic achievement among children from disadvantaged households. Y programs provide an enriching environment where kids get academic support and homework assistance, physical activity and nutrition education, art and science projects, literary activities, service learning, healthy snacks or meals.
For more information about the YMCA of Central Ohio’s afterschool program, please visit http://ymcacolumbus.org/child-care