After School Programs: Academic Enhancement or Baby Sitting?

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After School Programs: Academic Enhancement or Baby Sitting? All cities strive to ensure that children and youth develop into healthy, productive members of society. Out-of-school-time programs, include after-school and summer learning programs, have been increasing seen as helping cities and state meet this goal (Orr, Bodilly, Naftel, Constant, Scherer, Gershwin, and McCombs). Parents today may work a 9 to 5 shift which requires some assistants in after school activities for their children. Some parents allow their children to stay home alone for the first few hours until their return, and some chose an alternative method of after school programming. I have chosen to use afterschool programming for my granddaughter, as I am helping her mother to co-parent. In my observation I have learned that the afterschool program that she attends may be no more that a glorified babysitting operation. When she comes home her homework is wrong, messy, and incomplete. She tells me she has been taught by her teacher things like how to spell the word, “butt” and how to look for leaks by locating brown spots on the ceiling. After school programs should be a place where children can continue to learn and grow within educational boundaries. It should not be a facility used only for babysitting or supervision until the parent arrives. These government funded programs should be taken more seriously by the administrators by implementing a better academic curriculum, hiring educated staff, and promoting higher learning. An academic curriculum is something that I feel should be in place during after school programming because during this time of day you can count on a child having a wondering mind that may lead to danger if left idle for too long. Troubles can arise when children are left unattended during after school hours. Studies have shown that the after-school

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