Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

POUGHKEEPSIE – Family Services is joining with the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) to celebrate the professionals that are at the heart of afterschool programs during “Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week” Apr. 24-28, 2017.

“We believe Afterschool professionals make a huge difference in the life of a child,” said Jessica Wallach, Youth Services Coordinator for Family Services. “We encourage everyone to join us this week in thanking the afterschool professionals in their lives.”

Family Services has implemented after school programs in the Poughkeepsie City School District for over a decade. Their Teen Resource Activity Center (TRAC) provides supervision and invaluable mentoring to Poughkeepsie youth. The Elementary After School Programs serve youth ages 5-12 in the City of Poughkeepsie School District and provides NYS OCFS licensed after school care on site at Clinton and Krieger Elementary School.

Why is it important to recognize Afterschool Professionals?

An estimated 10.2 million children participate in afterschool programs each year. Today, afterschool programs are viewed as much more than just childcare. They are widely credited as the way to enhance education in STEM, literacy, the arts, social and emotional learning, health and wellness, and more. With that demand comes increased responsibility on the estimated 850,000 of professionals who are making a difference in the lives of our children.

 

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