Affordable skill-building after school programs your kids will love

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You may have noticed that most children in Canada have additional activities outside of school. Some will be part of a hockey or soccer team or participate in swimming or martial arts (and other sports) after school. Others may attend piano or guitar lessons, learn languages, or enjoy painting or arts and crafts classes. These activities, besides being fun for kids, are an important part of their development. Many studies have shown “ that children and youth who participate in after school programs can reap a host of positive benefits in a number of interrelated outcome areas—academic, social/emotional, prevention, and health and wellness” (Afterschool programs make a difference: Findings from the Harvard Family Research Project, Little, Wimer & Weiss, 2008).

What are after school programs?

An “after school program” is an umbrella term to refer to activities for school-age children and youth usually held after a regular school day. Some may call them school-age child care, extended day programs or extra-curricular activities. These programs are usually housed either in a school or a community organization. The activities can be geared towards supporting school work, building specific skills or talents, providing enjoyment and relaxation, mentorship for higher education or future careers, volunteer work and community service, cultural activities, or a combination of these.

Affordable and high quality after school programs in Manitoba

Looking for a good after school program? Start by assessing your child’s skills and interests. Ask them whether certain after school activities would be exciting or fun for them. You can also ask for advice from their teachers. They can recommend programs that are offered by the school or an institution in your area. Likewise, Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Workers would also have lots of suggestions for free programs in your community.

Here are some after school programs that are free or for a minimal fee for permanent residents and refugees:

Developing leadership and social awareness

 
Sources: How to find affordable afterschool activities, United Way Winnipeg; What is specifically meant by “after school program?” WNET Education. Accessed October 16, 2019.

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