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
Lakeland District for Sport, Culture and Recreation (LDSCR) and the After-School Time Period
The LDSCR is available to help your community develop, maintain and support your ASTP programs. This will be accomplished through leadership, resources, training & guidance as well as program evaluation and follow-up.
Active Communities, Active Youth Initiative (ACAY)
The ACAY Initiative has been created to help communities and schools work together to create an After School Program (ASP). This initiative addresses the following two issues:
1. The After School Time Period (between 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM) where many children are not engaged in positive activities and are inactive
2. To target the growing sedentary behaviours of children and youth.
This initiative is designed to help schools and communities develop a successful program to help children and youth reach the recommended 60-90 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day. With guidance and resources provided by the LDSCR, participants in the initiative will take part in training consultations and have continued support at NO COST to set up, run and or maintain a self-sufficient ASP.
After School Time Period Resources
- SPRA ASTP (What is the After School Time Period?)
- SPRA ASTP Directory (What programs are there near me?)
- ASTP Research (Saskatchewan)
- ASTP Training Opportunities with LDSCR
- Active After School Hub
- Summer Playground Program Resource Manual
- Sport Experience Camps Resource Manual
For more information on ASTP in Lakeland District, please contact us at 1-306-953-1623, or e-mail us: