It’s back to school time again, and that means new opportunities for kids to learn and grow. While the focus is often on what will happen in the classroom during the new school year, it’s also important to think about how kids will spend their out-of-school time as well.
According to the America After 3PM report, 23% of kids in Montana were unsupervised during afterschool hours in 2014. This is a safety concern, but also represents a missed opportunity to provide activities that will enhance the learning happening in the classroom. Those unsupervised out-of-school time hours could be used to help foster positive development and improve students’ engagement during the school day.
The Montana Afterschool Alliance’s Steering Council met earlier this week and had a chance to discuss a plan for the next several months. MTAA will be moving forward within the next few weeks with its statewide needs assessment. With the new data that’s collected, MTAA will be able to help address barriers and gaps in afterschool programming across the state. MTAA hopes to improve access to quality programs across Montana so that back to school time can include exciting new opportunities during out-of-school time as well.