Does Afterschool Enrichment Really Matter?

Whether children participate in sports, arts, robotics, STEM or STEAM programs, the exploratory nature of these programs afford students with the time and low pressure stakes to take risks and engage with confidence. Studies also indicate that the relationships they build with staff members who administer enrichment increase their level of confidence and affinity towards coming to school.

From The Washington Post article, “Why Strong Afterschool Programs Matter” by Valerie Strauss:

“Students need more than a strong curriculum, good teachers, and time in the classroom to succeed. Afterschool programs have long known that they can embrace the hours between the time school closes and parents return from work to provide children, especially those who don’t have access to other activities, with exciting, engaging experiences that will help them learn academic, social and professional skills. The research is clear: children in quality afterschool programs are more likely to come to school and stay in school, more likely to hand in their work and get better grades. Yet afterschool falls off the radar in discussions of how to improve education. Why?”