Research suggests that regular participation in programs that provide academic and social activities contributes positively to children’s academic and social development. A meta-analysis of afterschool programs that focused on personal and social development found that the programs did, in fact, have a positive impact on students’ grades, academic achievement, and self-esteem.
(Durlak, Weissberg, 2007)
Too many children lose ground over the summer months. Without access to the enriching activities available to their more affluent peers, research shows that children from low-income families lose as much as three months of reading comprehension over the summer.