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Number of Unsupervised Youth Sheds Light on Need For Safe Afterschool Care

PRINCETON, August 14, 2009 - With back-to-school season upon us, the Princeton Family YMCA reminds parents to consider adding afterschool care to their school year plans.  More and more youth are being left unsupervised when the school day ends, but after school activities can help keep youth safe, supervised and engaged in learning while their parents are at work.
 
For example, research conducted by the Afterschool Alliance shows that nearly 15 million children in the United States are unsupervised after school between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day.  During these hours, youth are at a greater risk of involvement in crime, drug abuse and other destructive behaviors. The availability of affordable afterschool care can help parents who are concerned about their children’s well being. 
 
M.A.S.H. (My After School Home) programming provided by the YMCA not only offers learning opportunities outside the classroom, but also provides a safe environment where kids and teens can learn, grow and thrive. “It is important that our youth have safe out-of-school experiences that complement what they learn during the day – it’s essential to their personal development,” says Kevin Walsh, Senior Program Director, Princeton Family YMCA. “We believe that when we nurture the potential of our youth we make a significant difference in their lives.”
 
Fun and enriching programs for youth throughout the school year include: Cooking, Scrap Booking, Claymation, and the award winning CATCH curriculum that includes daily physical activity and healthy food choices.  In addition, promoting healthy living, social skill development, emotional development, character development, sports and service to others are all key deliverables for YMCA after school programming. 
 
As one of the leading providers of afterschool programs, YMCAs have been engaging children in afterschool programs for more than 50 years. Today, YMCAs serve nearly half a million youth in school-age care programs and millions more in afterschool programs.
 
The Princeton Family YMCA M.A.S.H programs are offered at the following schools:  Johnson Park School, 285 Rosedale Rd. and Littlebrook School, 39 Magnolia Lane. For additional information on the YMCA After School Programs please contact the Princeton Family YMCA at 497-9622 ext. 236.