LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — There are 15.1 million children nationwide and 30 percent of children in Indiana that are left unsupervised after the school day ends. Children and teens need opportunities to participate in after-school programs, such as those offered at the YMCA.
The statistics from the Afterschool Alliance, a non-profit public awareness advocacy organization, said young people need to engage in meaningful activities after 3 p.m. Officials said their success out of school can have a positive effect on their success in school.
Here locally, the Lafayette Family YMCA offers an after-school program combining play with academics. Y representatives said the program provides learning through arts, music, physical education, sports and nutrition. They said it can provide children with an extra support system by offering guidance, encouragement and support through positive role models.
YMCA Childcare director Claire Marshall said early learning and continued learning provides the best chance for youth to succeed in school and life.
“Learning enrichment after school is essential to increasing children’s success in school,” Marshall told News 18 in a release. “The opportunity to get additional learning and support and participate in meaningful activities can inspire the motivation and ability to succeed.”
According to studies, after-school programs help boost school attendance and academic performance and reduces gaps in academic achievement among children from disadvantaged households.
The YMCA will be providing care to the following school sites: Earhart, Edgelea, Glen Acres, Hershey, Lafayette Christian, Mayflower, Miami, Miller, Mintonye, St. Lawrence, St. Mary’s, Vinton, Wea, Woodland and Wyandotte.
For more information about the Lafayette Family YMCA’s before and after-school programs, please call 765-474-3448. YMCA officials said financial assistance is available to those in need.