What is the After-School Time Period?
Once thought of as just a period of time, the after school hours between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. have been recognized globally, as a critical time for children and youth – ‘The After-School Time Period’ (ASTP). There is growing research that shows there are measurable increases in youth physical inactivity, juvenile crime, antisocial behaviour, screen time and poor eating habits during this time.
Children and youth who are left alone during the After-School are AT RISK. Children who take part in quality after school programs display:
• Greater academic achievement
• Higher rates of physical activity and fitness
• Enhanced emotional well-being
• Improved behaviour
• Better social skills
SPRA and the After-School Time Period
We recognize the benefits of the ASTP for our communities and believe that through leadership, education, training and support we can assist in the development of the ASTP in Saskatchewan. We have developed a number of strategies and reports that will look to support the ASTP in Saskatchewan. Our strategies address findings from research involving a series of local, provincial and national consultations, interviews and literature review relating to ASTP strategy, policy and programming.
SPRA identified the need for the creation of a recreation-based ASTP Program Directory to raise awareness of opportunities available for children and youth between the ages of 5 and 18, delivered during the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. over the school year.
With support from the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, SPRA collected preliminary data on available programs for children and youth during the ASTP through an online survey format. The objective of the project was to gather a baseline of program information that can be developed over time to provide a comprehensive list of ASTP programs available in Saskatchewan.