Twin Pike Family YMCA sponsors before/after school programs in the BONCL, Bowling Green (including Frankford), Clopton, and Louisiana R-II school districts. Knowing the importance of after school programs, many area churches and individuals provide scholarships for children to attend.
Edgewood Baptist Church is one such organization. For many years the people at Edgewood have sponsored two Pike County children, allowing them to attend the before/after school programs for one entire year. This year the people of Edgewood Baptist Church dug even deeper into their pockets, donating enough money to sponsor two full-year scholarships and two half-year scholarships.
Twin Pike Family YMCA is grateful for their support and the support of the many other area individuals and organizations who make it possible for children to learn and grow in the safe nurturing environment of the before and after school programs in Pike County.
After school programs are not just day care. While is it true that after school programs are an effective way to keep children safe and supervised during hours their parents are at work, after school program hours are also an opportunity to further engage students in academic, social, and physical activities. After school programs are having a positive impact on children.
Statistics show that after school programs make a difference academically.
Impact Data of After school Programs in Missouri (Based on Kids Care Center data for the 2012-13 school year.):
Students Served – 28,972;
MAP Scores Stayed the Same or Increased: Reading – 67 percent, Math – 65 percent and Science – 69 percent;
Grades Stayed the Same or Increased: Reading – 79 percent, Math – 78 percent and Science – 77 percent.
In addition to the above improvement in academics, research has indicated after school programs have positive effects on school attendance, quality completion of homework, behavior, school drop-out rate, and reduced crime rates. As former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley stated, “Children’s minds don’t close down at 3 p.m.” (U.S. Department of Education, 2000).
For more information about the Twin Pike Family YMCA before and after school programs, or to help with scholarships, please contact the 21st CCLC After School Program office at Twin Pike Family YMCA. (573-754-4999). To learn more about the impact of afterschool programs, visit www.afterschoolalliance.org.