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Young minds don’t stop learning after the school day ends

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Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012 2:15 am | Updated: 8:37 pm, Sat Jul 28, 2012.

This powerful premise drives our commitment to ensure that students across Arizona have access to a broad base of quality out-of-school time programs that align with and complement classroom learning.

That premise also provided the foundation for the first-ever comprehensive out-of-school time program survey to assess programming, location, access, and strengths and weaknesses of these vital teaching and learning opportunities in Maricopa and Pima counties.

The survey, Young Minds Keep Learning Even After the School Day Ends, was a partnership of the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence, Valley of the Sun United Way, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona and the Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

Research on out-of-school-time programs clearly indicates the benefits of quality, strategic programs on attendance, achievement, behavior and student engagement.

We also know the importance of afterschool youth development programs moving beyond simply providing a safe place to focus on specific outcomes critical to a young personal’s academic, social and emotional development.

The goal of Young Minds Keep Learning Even After the School Day Ends was to collect factual rather than anecdotal information about current programs in Maricopa and Pima counties.

More than 680 program managers and site coordinators responded to the 55-question online survey of programs that serve students before and after school, on weekends and during school and summer breaks.

The results were both revealing and anticipated, but in total offered an important framework to empower our children to become more engaged in their education to be better prepared for school, work and life.

Among the key overall findings of the survey:

• Nearly two-thirds of the programs (64 percent) operate during both the academic year and summer months.

• 76 percent of the programs chose “tutoring/academic enrichment” as their top activities followed by “arts and culture” (72 percent) and “sports and recreation” (66 percent).

• Public-school based afterschool programs are the most common type (64 percent) followed by community-based programs (25 percent) and 21st Century Community Learning Centers (16 percent).

• While many afterschool programs collaborate on some level with school and district staffs, 67 percent of respondents expressed a need to strengthen this area.

• Only 34 percent use a formal assessment tool to evaluate their program, 24 percent use informal assessments and 34 percent use parent surveys, which actually reflect more client satisfaction.

• 37 percent of the respondents cited “fees” as the biggest barrier to operating at full capacity. Those programs not charging fees cited “children lose interest” among the biggest barriers.

• While most programs provide snacks, only 36 percent offer breakfast and 6 percent offer dinner.

Ensuring the success of out-of-school-time programs is crucial for the future of our young people. The effort requires educators, businesses and parents to push to strengthen program quality and maximize youth participation.

Every child has the capacity to succeed, but as a community we must set high expectations for our youth and prepare them academically and emotionally for the demands of a 21st century workforce.

We know that schools cannot do this work alone when most youth are only in class six hours a day, 180 days a year. But we also know that our children rely on our educators and leaders to provide them with the tools, the direction and the maturity to move on with their lives.

Young minds don’t stop learning at the end of the school day. Neither can our vision or our efforts.

To see the complete survey, visit www.azafterschool.org.

• Melanie McClintock is executive director of Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence.

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Kids Camp calendar

Camp Amazing at Family of Christ Learning Center

Eight weeks of summer camps with a different theme each week such as Infinity and beyond, Hawaiian hullaballoo, Disney camp, mighty jungle, music makers, ocean commotion and explosion, and more.

DETAILS>>8:30 a.m. to noon June 4 to July 26, Monday to Thursday, Family of Christ Learning Center, 3501 E. Chandler Blvd. $75 for the week or choose two or three days for $20 per day. Registration is $20. (480) 759-4047, www.focaz.org.


 

Magical Journey Learning Center camps

The Magical Journey Learning Center of Ahwatukee, 1442 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 2, is currently enrolling for the following summer camps:

• Science Camp 1:

An eight-week integrated science and literature class designed to encourage and develop a child’s inquiry and problem-solving skills while being engaged in “hands-on” experiments and activities. Weekly themes will integrate children’s literature and non-fiction. For 4 to 7 year olds.

DETAILS>>8 to 10 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 9, 16, 23, 30.

• Science Camp 2:

New themes and activities from Science Camp 1. For 4 to 7 year olds.

DETAILS>>1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 10, 17, 24, 31 or 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1.

• Spanish Immersion Camp:

Children will experience the Spanish language through total immersion. Class instruction is entirely in Spanish and is taught through conversation, art, music and story time. In addition, children learn through vocabulary and phrases that are important in their day-to-day lives. For 4 to 8 year olds.

DETAILS>>11 a.m. to noon, Monday to Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25.

• Literature Camp – June:

A four-week session designed to enhance your child’s reading experience with art, music, science and cooking activities all based on favorite picture books.

DETAILS>>1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 or 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28.

• Literature Camp – July:

A four-week session designed to enhance your child’s reading experience with the study of various children’s authors. Activities will integrate literature, with art, drama, music and writing.

DETAILS>>1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1 or 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2

• You-n-Me Book Club – June:

A four-week session designed for 3 and 4 year old children and an adult companion. The weekly theme will integrate stories, art, games, songs and snacks.

DETAILS>>9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19 and 26 or 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28.

• Lend a Hand Club-June:

Help your child develop positive self-esteem and learn valuable life lessons. This club will teach your child responsibility, cooperation, leadership, problem solving and compassion. Students will participate in making hands on projects to be given to local animal shelters, food banks, senior centers and other local organizations. For 4 to 7 year olds.

DETAILS>>8 to 10 a.m. Fridays, June 8, 15, 22, 29.

• Science/Literature Camp – July:

This camp will be six sessions of fun with hands-on science tied in with reading and writing experiences. No risk of writer’s block here. For 8 to 10 year olds.

DETAILS>>9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.

• Math Camp – July:

Have some fun as we review math skills, do problem solving activities and play some hands-on interactive math games together. For 7 to 9 year olds.

DETAILS>>9 to 11 a.m. Fridays, July 13, 20, 27.

For more information on these camps and clubs at Magical Journey Learning Center, visit http://magicaljourneylc.org or call (480) 703-3302.


 

Dance Studio 111 camps

• Summer Dance Camp 2012:

Spend time with friends learning to dance and continue to improve your technique all summer long. Our family oriented staff is offering classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, musical theater, and more. All ages and levels.

DETAILS>>3:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 5 to June 28, Tuesday through Thursdays at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $125 to $275. (480) 706-4060, www.dancestudio111.com.

• Summer Dance Camp:

Dance classes that include combo classes, intermediate jazz tech, advanced jazz tech classes for students that range in age from 2 years to 12 and older.

DETAILS>>class times vary. Classes are Mondays and Saturdays beginning June 6. Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. Cost is $60 to $155 per month. www.dancestudio111.com, (480) 706-6040.

• Boys Hip-Hop:

Dance Studio 111 is offering boys only fun hip-hop classes for the month of June. For all ages.

DETAILS>>6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in June at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $60 for the month. (480) 706-6040, www.dancestudio111.com.

• Summer Ballet Intensive:

Intermediate level for the dancer who has a minimum of three years ballet training and ages 9 to 14. Advanced level ballet, for the dance that has complete knowledge of basic technique and moving towards a professional level, ages 12 and over.

DETAILS>>10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, June 9 to July 28, Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 111. www.dancestudio111.com. (480) 706-6040.

• Summer Intensive 2012:

Dancers from around the Valley are invited to attend the week-long intensive classes. New guest teachers every day. Styles featured are jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, musical theater, turns and technique, hip-hop and more. All ages and levels.

DETAILS>>10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23 to July 26 at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $250 for the entire week. (480) 706-6040, www.dancestudio111.com.

• Summer Dance Boot Camp:

It’s time to work it out. After a long summer it’s time to get back to dance. Two weeks only, for all ages and levels with new teachers every day.

DETAILS>>4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7, 8, 9 (first week); Aug. 14, 15, 16 (second week) at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $150 for one week, $175 two weeks. (480) 706-4060, www.dancestudio111.com.

Arizona All Stars Cheer and Tumbling summer camps

Offering summer camps that includes three weeks of fun with tumbling, stunting, dance, Fitness4Kids, Zumba, kids yoga, games and much more.

DETAILS>>8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9 to 27 at Arizona All Stars, 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. $395, (480) 831-1105 or www.azallstars.com.

Sunsplash Camp at Arizona All Stars

DETAILS>>May 29 to June 1 (four days) $175 and July 30 to Aug. 5 (five days) $195, at Arizona All Stars, 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. (480) 831-1105, www.azallstars.com.

• Beverly Stidham, (480) 898-7924 or bstidham@ahwatukee.com