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Before and after school program in Richmond Hill
Are you a parent looking for a before and /or after school program with more to offer? The M.A.T. Centre has got you covered! Our before and after school program will pick up/drop off your child to/from school and safely transport them between our Edward Ave facility and the school in one of our 5-star rated Dodge Grand Caravan or one of two 15 passenger Chevrolet Savanna vans. Before school drop off is at 7 am so you can get to work without worry. After school when you pick up by 6 pm, your child will have had a healthy snack, one hour of martial arts/physical activity and their homework completed. The before and after school programs have been created for your child’s needs and are managed by an Ontario Certified York Region Elementary School Teacher.
A slew of recent studies indicate that older kids and teens are most likely to get in trouble or engage in some form of risky behaviour between 3 and 6 in the afternoon. You may have guessed, most of these high-risk kids are also “latch-key” kids, left to fend for themselves after school until a parent or guardian gets home from work. The fate of these kids has become a hot topic for debate and policy makers have been scrambling for workable solutions to the problem. Proposed solutions have come in all shapes and sizes including:
- Extended school hours
- Government-funded after school programs
- Tax credits to cover babysitters
- Laws mandating parents be home when their kids get home
About the only solution to the problem of unsupervised kids that seems to have gained any traction is the idea of the Before and after school program. These programs, run primarily by various private enterprises, have been proven to work, though the quality of service kids receive as well as the cost can vary greatly from facility to facility.
What Makes a Great Before and After School Program?
So, before and after school program represent perhaps the most effective real-world solution to the problem of unsupervised kids yet devised. But what separates the good programs from the not-so-good ones? Social service professionals say the best programs:
- Safe, reliable transportation between facility and school.
- An environment where the student can do their homework.
- Help with that homework should the child need or want it.
- Safe, healthy activities for children of different age groups.
- Healthy, nutritious food.
- Teens’ budding autonomy without writing them a blank cheque.
Unfortunately, not all before and after school program offer everything on this list. Some simply make sure your child gets on the bus outside their facility in the morning and returns on the bus in the afternoon. Some don’t provide food, others charge extra for it and some have one-size-fits-all activities they expect all the kids to participate in, regardless of age.
By contrast, the M.A.T. Center offers one of the most comprehensive programs of this kind in Richmond Hill. In the morning your kids are transported between our facility and school in style in one of our beautiful new minivans. In the afternoon they’re picked up at school and driven back to our clean, modern facility where they participate in age-appropriate activities, receive healthy snacks and are given the opportunity to complete their homework. All academic activity is supervised by a board certified teacher and physical activities can include basic kickboxing, karate classes or other martial arts training if you desire.
Not all before and after school program are created equal. It’s important that you shop around and find the one that’s best suited to your needs both practical and financial. Be thorough, be patient and compare all the features different programs offer. Your kids will be glad you did.
*Pick up is available from many local Richmond Hill Public, Catholic, Private and Montessori schools
*Please call to inquire
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