School programs

After-school programs are key to supporting children

Likewise, Grade 8 students who struggled with math online when schools were closed or because they had to quarantine, are going to struggle with high school algebra and level math. superior.

Summer and after-school programs are one way to help students catch up. By creating an opportunity to make up for lost time in class, we need to take advantage of that time spent outside of school.

Members of Montgomery County’s Summer and Afterschool Collaborative, a collective group of afterschool program professionals, are committed to providing quality summer and afterschool programs throughout the county. All are committed to making good use of students’ free time; they understand that their work has become even more important than before the pandemic. Learn to Earn Dayton is a committed partner willing to support them and help them find the necessary funding to do this necessary work.

Because research shows that children can make significant academic progress if they receive focused, personalized tutoring, Learn to Earn is helping establish pilot programs at Wogaman Middle School and Thurgood Marshall High School in the Dayton Public Schools, with support from the YMCA and also Revival Center Ministries. The YMCA and Revival Center Ministries hire qualified teachers and use an evidence-based curriculum to work with youth to specifically improve their math and reading skills, while providing appropriate recreational experiences .

With funding from a 21st Century Federal Grant and generous local support from the Dayton Foundation, many Dayton students this summer will be able to learn in small groups and get one-on-one attention, which is essential to making significant gains and repositioning students. ‘ academic background.

Of course, summer and extracurricular programs understand that to engage students, there can only be rigor and no fun. That’s why they incorporate time for sports, field trips and fun.

These programs will target students who have fewer opportunities. These young people have been hardest hit by the pandemic, and many of them were already struggling in school – before remote learning, school closures, teacher shortages and quarantines.

Our community is fortunate to have so many summer and after-school providers who are not waiting for the results of the next proficiency test to prove that too many children – especially black and brown children – have been seriously impacted socially, emotionally and academically by the pandemic. They are now up to the challenge. But they cannot succeed alone. Non-school time programs need funding, a collective commitment from other aid agencies, and recognition that there is no quick fix to alleviate the child losses endured

Maya Dorsey is the Director of Equity and Collaborative Impact at Learn to Earn Dayton.