Afterschool Program

Afterschool Program

Q. I had to go back to work and now I need afterschool care for my 3rd grader. What should I look for in an afterschool program?

A. First of all, it’s important to be sure that the program holds a State of Texas Child Care license, which holds childcare centers to specific safety standards and can investigate any safety concerns. Also, make sure the afterschool program has low child-to-staff ratios and conducts adequate background checks to ensure the safety and supervision of all children. Activities offered through the program should be fun, hands-on, and align with the school day – allowing time for homework and reading to ensure time for extracurriculars and family time. Do ask about healthy snacks for the kiddos, as lunch is served so early in the day.

Navreet Pointer \ Operations Director, School Age Services \
www.ymcadallas.org/afterschool

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