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By GreatSchools Staff
A Virginia mother of a 5-year-old is concerned about the lack of structure at her daughter's program.
"My daughter is in kindergarten and has been in daycare since she was 6 months old, so I'm used to having her under another's care. In the after-school program she's in this year, I am concerned about a lack of 'productive activities' since it seems to me it does not have an orientation. They just play or do whatever they want."
A mother in North Carolina stresses how vital her program is to keeping her job.
"I have a very strict job. If I show up late for work I get a point and then I cannot work for that day. In my job you can only get up to nine points and then you are let go. Last year when my daughter was in pre-k, I loved my after-school program, simply because it was always available when school was not in operation, such as teacher work days, or even winter, spring and summer breaks. There were no worries when it came to school closings. This year, my daughter is in kindergarten and the program is a lot different. There is no more winter break program, or any spring and summer program. I know that a lot of parents can stay home with their children, but what about the ones that can't do that?"
A New York mom likes the social component of her after-school program, but questions the quality of the snacks.
"It's better for my kids to be socially interacting with their classmates and friends, than to be at home with a nanny watching television. My major concern is the lack of healthy snacks available to them. I would love to see more yogurt, cheese sticks, fruit, etc."
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