Qualities of a Good After-School Program
- Foster the self-worth of each child, and develop the children's self-care skills.
- Develop their personal and interpersonal social skills, and promote respect for cultural diversity.
- Provide help with homework, tutoring, and other learning activities.
- Provide time and space for quiet study.
- Provide new, developmentally-appropriate enrichment activities to add to students' learning at school, help them develop thinking and problem-solving skills, and spark their curiosity and love of learning.
- Provide recreational and physical activities to develop physical skills and constructively channel children's energy pent up after a day sitting in a classroom.
- Encourage participation in individual sports activities to help youth develop self-esteem by striving for a personal best, and participation in group sports to provide lessons about cooperation and conflict resolution.
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