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Phone: (225) 383-3844
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Did you know?
- Working parents and children need safe places to go in the hours after school
An estimated 173,749 children (23%) ages 5-18 in Louisiana are alone and unsupervised an average of 9 hours per week after school. An additional 13% of children are in the care of siblings in the hours after school.
- Unsupervised children are more likely engage in crime and risky behavior
Juvenile crime peaks in the hours after school, and teens left unsupervised are far more likely to use drugs, alcohol and tobacco and engage in risky behavior.
- Afterschool programs provide intentional linkages to learning
Afterschool programs provide activities that are decreasingly available in the school day, such as art, physical education, and music. Non-traditional learning experiences including hands-on learning, group projects, and service-learning offer students opportunities to develop 21st Century skills needed for success in college and career.
Do afterschool programs improve student success? Yes!
In a study of 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool programs in East Baton Rouge, Orleans, Grant and Bienville parishes, students who participate in afterschool programs show increased academic achievement, particularly in language and reading. Academic performance greatly improved for those students who regularly attended the 21st CCLC program, with greatest improvement for those who attended over 60 days. (Jenner & Jenner, 2007)