By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator
As parents, caregivers and students across the Brazos Valley gear up to start a new school year, they should also consider enrolling in the City of College Station’s after-school programs.
High-quality after-school programs help keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and serve as a source of support and comfort to working families.
According to the Afterschool Alliance, the number of kids unsupervised after 3 p.m. has declined, but 20 percent still don’t have someone to care for them after school. In many cases, cost and a lack of transportation keep families from enrolling in a program.
Here’s a typical conversation I have just about every day:
“Kelly, where do you work?”
“I work at Southwood Community Center.”
“What’s that? Isn’t that a place for kids?”
Yes, it is a youth center, but it’s also a senior center and a rental facility. Southwood has so much to offer that it’s quickly losing its status as one of College Station’s best-kept secrets.