After School Program (ASP)
A child from a low-income family is read to an average of 25 hours before entering kindergarten, while a child from a middle-income family is read to an average of 1,700 hours. Children in low-income families have gained about 5,000 word vocabularies by the time they enter first grade. Children from more affluent families enter school with vocabularies of 20,000 words. (Source: www.clevelandreads.org)
Research shows that the key to a child’s overall educational success is tied into their ability to read. This is the reason that SMC’s ASP has developed special focus on youth literacy. In After School Program, K-5th graders participate in the following:
- Homework Help- One hour a day provided 5 days a week to youth, grades K-5. Children who do not have homework receive grade level worksheets or activities that help review literacy or mathematics.
- Reading Buddies- One adult volunteer pairs with one K-3 grade child for one hour each week to review literacy concepts.
- Literacy Lab- Programming that builds literacy skills targeted to 2nd- 5th graders, twice a week.
- Computer Time- Children explore computers and the internet under supervision of ASP staff members.
- Club Time- Programming offers youth an option to join a club that focuses on one area- art (pottery & ceramics, art or music), science (earth science or chemistry), physical activity (karate, yoga or soccer), or other activity (cooking or computers) for 10 weeks.