The Dearborn Public Schools 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” April 24-28, 2017.

“We believe afterschool professionals make a difference in the life of a child,” said Dr. Jill Chochol, Executive Director of Student Achievement, “We encourage everyone to join us this week in thanking the afterschool professionals in their lives.”

In Dearborn, the Kids Club program serves 275 children and another 162 in preschool programs across the District. There are twelve dedicated professional serving families at eight different afterschool sites and twenty-six staff members department wide. Programs include All Day Preschool, Half Day Preschool, Little and Mini Scholars, Wee Scholars, Montessori Preschool and Kids Club.

Nationwide 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 professionals who are making a difference in the lives of our children.

Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is a joint effort of community partners, afterschool programs, youth and child care workers, and individuals who have committed to dedicating time to recognize and appreciate those who work with youth during out-of-school hours. The week is marked by efforts to encourage people to thank afterschool professionals serving children in programs and organizations across the nation. From sharing a thank you on social media to simply taking time to write a thank you note there are many ways to say thank you to your childcare professional.

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