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Putting Together an After-School Program

Posted on 02-09-2017 | Ben Fernandes

Putting Together an After-School Program

When it comes to after-school activities, there are many choices. Some schools offer options, some parents have the ability to be home with the kids and design their own activities, and others send their kids to places like Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Valrico. We offer a comprehensive after-school program, and we wanted to explain a little about what goes into putting this type of program together, and all of the factors that we take into consideration.

1. Variety. Not all kids learn the same, play the same, or interact the same, and we believe it is incredibly important to have activities that suit every child that is entrusted into our care. We also try to plan activities that stimulate a wide range of interests, including academic, social, creative, physical, and emotional skills, so we can ensure we are helping your child continue to improve, even as they are having fun and making new friends.

2. Choices. Hand in hand with variety is choice — we believe it is important to start allowing children to make some decisions on their own. This empowers them, and helps build self-confidence. So alongside having a variety of activities available, we want to allow children to choose the ones that they are most interested in.

3. Feedback. Because, at the end of the day, it is the students who are actually participating in these activities, we want to give them the ability to impact what we do. We welcome their feedback as to activities they liked — or didn’t like — and the types of activities they would like to see us offer.

4. Special Needs. Some of our students need more help or attention than others — and that’s okay! We want every child, no matter their age or abilities, to feel welcome and included, so we try to ensure we have activities that can be custom-tailored to meet any child’s needs.

5. Time & Staff. We make sure that the after school activities we offer can be completed within the time we have students — from when they get out of school until the time when most parents are starting to get off work. Having activities that don’t fill the time, or that can’t be completed in time, lead to boredom and frustration, so we plan specifically to ensure our offerings will hit the “sweet spot” every time.

6. Budget. We do our best to keep our prices as low as possible, and part of that means planning our activities to fit within a strict budget. This includes things like staff salaries, supplies, facilities maintenance, and other costs. We want to make sure budget is never the reason any child doesn’t get to enjoy their time with us, so we work hard to plan activities that are cost-effective.

After school programs are a fantastic alternative that offers both children and parents peace of mind knowing they are somewhere safe and well-cared-for, but also with activities to help stimulate and contribute to their growth and learning processes.

We hope this look into all the factors we take into consideration has helped to make you more comfortable with entrusting your child to us at Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Valrico!

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Valrico

4321 Lynx Paw Trail, Valrico, FL 33596

(813) 657-6200

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