First Posted: 8/24/2012 10:23:58 AM | Last Updated: 8/24/2012 10:25:03 AM
LAFAYETTE -- When the school day ends, children and teens need opportunities to learn and engage in meaningful activities.
Their success out of school can impact how well they perform in school. Currently, 15.1 million children nationwide and thirty percent of children in Indiana are left unsupervised after 3 p.m. and do not participate in afterschool programs, according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization.
To help close this gap, the Lafayette Family YMCA is offering a quality afterschool program.
Combining play with academics, the Y’s afterschool program provides enrichment through arts, music, physical education, sports and nutrition. As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, and a pioneer in afterschool programs, the Y believes guidance, encouragement and support along the learning continuum – from early learning and preschool to high school graduation and college – provide the best chance for our youth to succeed in school and life.
“When the school bell rings, learning does not have to end,” said Paul Cramer, CEO, Lafayette Family YMCA. “The opportunity to get additional learning and support and participate in meaningful activities can inspire the motivation and ability to succeed in school.”
“Studies show participation in afterschool programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance and reduces gaps in academic achievement among children from disadvantaged households,” said Claire Marshall, Childcare Director, Lafayette Family YMCA.
In the Lafayette Family YMCA’s afterschool program youth receive help with homework and can also explore arts & crafts, sports & recreation, swimming and much more. Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y.
For more information about the Lafayette Family YMCA’s afterschool program, please contact Claire Marshall, Childcare Director, at 765-474-3448 or Claire@lafayettefamilyymca.org.