With many students returning to the classroom next week, many parents and guardians find themselves struggling to come up with a game plan for after school. While some are able to adjust their schedules for the school year, others are left without a plan for the hours after school has dismissed and they can finally arrive home.
Why are those hours important?
Statistics have shown that about 28 million parents of those in grade school are currently employed, with about 23 million of them being employed full time. Because of this, it is estimated that almost 15 million students are on their own after school has dismissed. Of these 15 million, about 1 million are between the grades of kindergarten and 5th grade. Of these children left alone after school, only 8 million are able to participate in after school programs. An estimated 18 million more would be able to participate if a proper program was available within their district. The problem is that studies have shown that between the hours of 3pm and 6pm, students are more likely to participate in juvenile crime as well as experiment with alcohol and drugs.
How can these after school programs help families?
These programs can ultimately help working parents who have no other means of after school care. Statistics have shown that parents tend to miss an average of at least 5 work days per year because of their lack of after school care. This lack of hours as well as productivity is known to lose both the parents and the workplace money in the long run.
After school programs are also known to help increase attendance, work, and behavior in students. This means that students tend to skip class less while participate more as well as score better on their tests and homework assignments.
Youth Programs with MBK
MBK reaches out to local school children through an attendance initiative. My Brother’s Keeper is as strong as our support. Our programs are based on community need as well as the grants available to us at the time. As our staff continues to work towards helping the community, outside help by way of donations and volunteers are always welcome! Become a part of something great and help make MBK where hope finds a home.
To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meals, employment assistance, health services and youth programs, call MBK today at 410-644-3194.