Saturday, 17 August 2013 00:00
Most working parents enroll their young children in some sort of after school program in order to keep them occupied and out of trouble.
But most programs only provide a supervised place for children and do not offer any homework help, leaving parents to wrestle with homework help after they get home from a long day.
Many stay-at-home parents find themselves in the similar position of struggling to help their kids with homework because they are not familiar with the latest teaching method or are trying to revisit a subject they learned 20 years ago.
A new solution is open to all Massapequa students and students of the neighboring towns. Massapequa’s Grace Day School, 23 Cedar Shore Dr., is introducing Above & Beyond, a program that offers, three different after-school options for families: basic homework help, specialized enrichment (math, Latin, science, art) to advance educational opportunities for all children, and a safe play environment both indoors and outdoors on a jungle gym and swings or green sports field.
Available to children preschool through eighth grade, convenient hourly, weekly, trimester fees and later pick-up time (6:30 p.m.), allow parents much more flexibility than traditional after-school programs.
Many parents need a pay-by-the-hour drop-off programs while they run errands, shuttle a sibling to a sports practice, or a teacher to help on an unfamiliar homework subject. Programs like these often come at a high price, or with a long-term commitment and don’t necessarily even offer a playground, sports field, or an actual teacher.
“We offer a safe environment where children are able to further develop their individual skills and gifts in a structured learning environment balanced with fun.” said Fr. Walter Hillebrand, the program director. “Many parents that commute to work need coverage until 6:30. Some parents just need us for one or two hours.”
The Above & Beyond program opens this September at the Massapequa campus from 3 p.m. until 6:30 pm each day of the Grace School calendar. It is open to all students in the community. Call the Grace School office at 516-798-1122 for more information.