SUMMARY

  • According to The New Republic, parents of children in afterschool programs often do not do any research into who is running those programs, assuming they have the proper training and credentials to be in charge of such programs even if that is not always the case.
  • The afterschool program industry has become a multimillion dollar industry, with most afterschool activities being run by “unregulated entrepreneurs.” Many children in these programs are taught by people who have not gone through background checks, are not experts in a particular area, do not have any teaching experience, are not qualified to work with children and are not CPR-certified.
  • While parents are generally more aware of child safety issues and are spending more time with their children in recent years, they are still generally unaware about what it takes to run an afterschool program and the qualifications of those who often serve as afterschool program instructors.

INSIGHT

Afterschool programs are a staple of school districts across the nation, but in many circumstances these programs are run entirely by parent volunteers who often lack the training necessary, or who do not have the time to put into developing a thorough, high-quality program. In some circumstances, schools do not do sufficient background checks on the volunteers they have coming into school to run these programs, which means there’s not always a guarantee for parents that they’re leaving their kids with trustworthy instructors.

At Flex Academies, one of our top priorities is making sure you’re not just comfortable, but excited to have your kids attend our afterschool programs. We’ve made it a point to only work with highly qualified and vetted instructors and vendors for afterschool programs, allowing us to serve as a reliable, trustworthy provider for your school district’s programs.

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