First and foremost, after-school programs keep children of all
ages safe and out of trouble.
After-school programs also can help to improve the academic
performance of participating children. After-school programs
allow them to focus attention on areas in which they are having
After-school programs also contribute to raising children's
self-confidence as well as academic performance. Children who
participate in after-school programs develop better social skills
and learn to handle conflicts in more socially acceptable ways.
Families able to enroll their children in good programs indicate
that their children are safer and more successful in school.