The nine-to-five world isn’t often a friendly companion to the common seven-to-three world of a child in school. In response to this time gap, numerous after-school programs have sprouted up all around the city, providing convenient day care for you and interesting activities for your child.
Overall, after-school programs are a good thing. They typically reduce the risk of children getting into trouble and improve both a child’s school performance and attendance records. But some programs are not well-regulated and they allow for unskilled workers to be in direct contact with your children.
In August of 2007, the New York Daily News reported that $30 million in federal funding cuts forced many after-school programs to close or scale back. Sub-par programs can put your child at high risk for having an accident.
Physical, sexual and emotional abuse can ensue. Inadequate staffing may mean that there was no supervision during a time that your child was attacked and you may feel helpless, like it is your word against the culprit’s.
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At Michael Gunzburg, P.C., our New York City Child Accident Lawyer can help with a variety of child accidents, including:
- Child car accident
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If you’re on the fence about choosing an after-school program and want to reduce the risk of your child being involved in an accident, you can follow some advice. The New York-based nonprofit TASC (The After-School Corporation) has recommended guidelines to adhere to when choosing an after-school program for your child. When considering a program, ask yourself the following questions:
- Does the after-school program provide a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for my child and all participants?
- Does the program have a clear organizational structure? Is the organization financially stable, so it can support and enhance worthwhile programming and activities for all participants?
- Does the after-school program develop and maintain strong relationships and interactions among staff, participants, parents and community members?
- Does the after-school program hire and train skilled staff members who understand the needs of youth and work closely with families, school partners and co-workers to achieve program goals?
- Does the after-school program provide a well-rounded variety of activities, such as academics, sports, arts and community service, which support the growth and development of kids?
- Does the after-school staff work closely with school-day staff to ensure that activities are connected to school standards and curriculum?
- Does the after-school program provide opportunities for students to help plan activities and choose activities that appeal to their interests?
- Does the after-school program have strong partnerships with families and caregivers and welcome their involvement?
- Does the after-school program have goals that must be met in order for there to be student achievement and to ensure that the program continues to grow and serve other students?
- Is the after-school program evaluated and are the results used to improve future programs?
If your child has been injured in an accident and you’re at a loss for where to turn to next, call us first. As Experienced New York City child accident lawyers, we stand ready to help you and your child on your case. We understand that children can’t protect themselves, and they need us to help fight for them and protect their rights.
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