Parents' Corner

The Benefits of Team Sports for Kids

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 10, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

Participating in team sports offers a number of benefits for kids. Sure, there are advantages to physical health. But involvement in team sports also helps shape a child’s mental, emotional, and social health. 

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Topics: Activities for Children, Afterschool

What Is Lights On Afterschool? And What It Means to Us

Posted by Dave Smith on Tue, Nov 21, 2023 @ 08:42 AM

There’s no shortage of benefits tied to afterschool programs. While children can access support to improve their academic performance, they also enrich their development with STEM and art activities. Rather than engaging in risky behaviors, students can focus time on constructive activities, and build their social and emotional skills in the process.

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Topics: Afterschool

Afterschool Program Activities with a Positive Impact

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Aug 23, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

When you enroll your child in an afterschool program, you’ll want activities that enhance learning—but you’ll also want your child to have fun with other participants. Fortunately, you don’t have to choose! 

Quality afterschool programs offer afterschool program activities that incorporate both learning and fun into the mix. Here are three examples.

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Topics: Activities for Children, Afterschool

What Makes a Quality Afterschool Program: Key Factors

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 12, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

Afterschool programs can provide a safe space for elementary-aged school children and help the youth avoid engaging in risky behaviors before their parents arrive home from work. Not every afterschool program is built the same, though, so it’s important for parents to know what to look for in the one they choose for their school-age kids. 

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Topics: Afterschool

Tips for Creating a Homework Space for your Child

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 26, 2023 @ 07:00 AM

At its simplest, a homework space is a quiet area in your home where your child can focus. It’s an organized spot with the materials they’ll need to complete schoolwork. Having one can help your children to be more successful in school and beyond.

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Topics: Child Development, Back-to-School Tips, Afterschool

Here Are Five Restaurants in Lorain, Ohio Your Kids Will Love

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Mar 08, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

There are so many restaurants in Lorain, Ohio, it would be hard not to find one you like. But if you’re thinking about taking the kids somewhere to eat in Lorain, you don’t have to worry. There are plenty of restaurants they will love.

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Family Time, Afterschool

Visit The Most Fun Places For Kids in Elyria, Ohio

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Feb 22, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

The City of Elyria has lots to offer young families. There’s the cool, kid-friendly restaurants, great schools, and some fantastic places to play.

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Topics: Child Benefits, Family Time, Parenting Tips, Afterschool

Afterschool Enrichment Programs Offer Unique Educational Opportunities

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Feb 01, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

Afterschool enrichment programs provide many opportunities and benefits for children. They give kids a chance to interact with each other in an educational setting that’s less formal… and safe.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Child Benefits, Learning, Afterschool

Horizon's "Lights On" After School Program

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 26, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Horizon Education Center's Cascade and Market Square locations recently hosted our "Lights On After School" event. We invited families and community members to the center to see some of the different activities and programs the kids participate in while they’re in our care.

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Topics: Activities for Children, Afterschool

Here Are 5 Benefits of Eating at the Family Dinner Table

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 14, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

According to The Family Dinner Project, sitting down to eat at the family dinner table provides children with numerous physical, academic, and social-emotional benefits. That’s why the non-profit organization refers to family dinners as “magic.” This magic is created through three elements: food, fun, and conversation. 

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Topics: Child Behavior, Horizon Education Center, Child Care, Afterschool



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