What is the After School Time Period (ASTP)?
The time frame from when school ends until 6 P.M. is recognized as the After School Time Period. This time frame is crucial as it can often be a time when children and youth are left inactive and unsupervised. This combination can often lead to a range of unhealthy behaviors such as sedentary behaviors, antisocial or criminal activities, increased screen times and poor eating habits.
After School Programs (ASP) keep children and youth engaged and active in a safe and supervised environment, which is some amount of protection from destructive habits and sedentary behaviors. Studies indicate that students who are involved in extracurricular activities after school show significant increases not only in physical activity and fitness but in areas of achievement and attendance with a reduction in dropout rates.
After school programs can be educational or recreational in nature. Whatever type they are, they aim to keep the child active and interested. Here are just a few benefits:
- Children are supervised, engaged and active
- Parents benefit knowing their children are supervised after school
- Children get to socialize with peers outside of the classroom
Children who partake in after school programs tend to display:
- Enhanced emotional well-being
- Increased physical fitness
- Improved behavior
- Better social skills
After School Time Period Resources
- Active After School Hub
- Active for Life
- Designed to Move
- LDSCR Training Opportunities
- Outside Play
- Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association
Through training opportunities, consultations, and providing resources and support, Lakeland District for Sport, Culture and Recreation is an advocate for quality after-school programming. For more information on ASTP in Lakeland District, please contact us at (306) 953-1623, or e-mail Bethany Dick - Youth Development Coordinator.