By Erin Pittman
Prince William offers an abundance of after-school programming options for children. The toughest part is
deciding which program to join. Consider your child’s needs as you explore your options. Does Adam need more physical activity to sleep well at night? Does Sarah want to perfect her favorite sport, but you can’t seem to get her to enough lessons? Is Ryan struggling with reading and providing extra help at home has
become a battle? No matter your situation, there’s an after-school enrichment program perfect for your child.
For Your Active Child
For those kiddos who need movement to be at their best, consider a sports program after school. Dynamic Martial Arts in Gainesville and Haymarket offer structured programs that include games, sports, homework assistance, reading time and martial arts instruction. Visit dkickusa.com for more information.
If your child is happiest on the court or looking to learn a new sport, the United States Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic introduces the life-long sport of tennis after school in an enrichment program called TGA Premier Youth Tennis. This program, currently offered in 13 Prince William County elementary schools, not only teaches children the fundamentals of playing tennis, but also incorporates life-lessons and character-building skills in every session. Equipment is provided, and all activities take place in the schools immediately following the school day, so it is convenient for parents.
“USTA Mid-Atlantic is a non-profit organization, and one of our top priorities is to introduce more youth to tennis so that they can have a healthy life-long activity that will help them build skills to be successful on and off the court,” said Warren Waterman, manager of the program in Prince William County. “We make sure to provide the program in a way that is affordable and accessible so that any child can participate.”
For more information visit usta.com/midatlanticenrichment.
For Your Child Who Needs Academic Support
In many cases, the last thing kids who are struggling in school want to do is more schoolwork. But with AlphaBEST after-school programs, they will be engaged, study cutting-edge learning methods, receive healthy snacks, get homework help and have plenty of play time with friends. Visit alphabest.org for more
For Your Older Child Who Wants It All
Is your middle schooler unhappy with having to go to after-school care? The Next Generation Middle School Program was developed to engage them in a variety of age appropriate activities. Teen students can participate in a variety of clubs from art and sports to leadership and photography. Visit pwcs.edu/departments/s_a_c_c_and_next_generation/next_generation_middle_school_program for more information.
And at Manassas Park Community Center, MP3 offers a lightly supervised opportunity for your teen to have a safe and fun place to be after school. MP3 emphasizes recreation with creative programs and materials that encourage and invite participation. Visit manassasparkcommunitycenter.com/programsevents/ recreationservices/daycare-programs.
Erin Pittman has been a writer for 10 years, but a lover of words her entire life. Her work is published in local magazines and on local and national blogs. Contact Erin at [email protected].