Do children who participate in afterschool enrichment programs acquire increased social skills and social/emotional competence?
The short answer is “Yes”. Decades of research across interrelated educational fields confirm that children who participate in afterschool programs reap a host of positive benefits. In addition to improved academic skills, interrelated outcome areas also include prevention, health and wellness, and social/emotional competencies. Recently, studies exclusively exploring the connection between afterschool program participation and improved social competencies...more
A Special Pre-School Program at the Academy for ages 2-5, our program fosters enthusiasm and a love of learning at an early age! Essential learning experiences help prepare children to become successful kindergarten students by providing individualized attention, specially designed enrichment areas and curriculum, fun & nurturing and educational environments in small class settings, meaningful learning experiences, and exceptional teaching practices.more
The Growing Room Education Council in collaboration with parents and The San Ramon Valley Unified School District, has created the most comprehensive after-school program in the East Bay. As a California non-profit Organization, we specialize in social development, academic enrichment and emotional support to school-aged children in the community.
The Growing Room's proven 'NextGen' Curriculum supports and augments classroom learning by applying concepts taught in school to real-world projects where students are encouraged to freely discover, design and develop solutions in small teams.
We survey our families annually to see how we score in overall parent satisfaction. The results speak for themselves!
*Only at The Academy, our special Pre-School Program is for ages 2-3. It fosters enthusiasm and a love of learning at an early age! Essential learning experiences help prepare children to become successful kindergarten students with individual attention for each student. Learn more
*Only at The Academy, KinderPrep is so much fun for children ages 3-5. Built around the STEAM curriculum, we have a specially designed enrichment areas and curriculum, small class settings, meaningful learning experiences, and exceptional teaching practices. Learn more
Our Staff provides specialized after school homework support for our students. We collaborate with elementary school teachers to aid in assigned work and projects as well as to identify special student needs and effective teaching strategies. Chromebooks and iPads are available for use during Homework Lab. Learn more
STEAM Sessions (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) allow students to apply Science and Art/Design principles utilizing technology in either challenging projects or free-form tinkering projects. Mentor Teachers work with older students to plan STEAM lessons for younger students. Learn more
Fitness Fusion gets kids outside though and an integrated approach to overall wellness by building strength, flexibility and endurance with daily access to Sports & Organized Games, Yoga, Challenges, Cheer & Dance, and Aerobic Exercise sessions focusing on Health & Nutrition. Learn more
Elective Sessions are all about flexibility. Our students can specialize in skills and talents that interest them by choosing sessions focused around Community Service & Character Building, Language & Culture, Literature/Creative Writing/Book Club, Public Speaking & Debate, Family & Consumer Sciences, Health & Nutrition and Environmental Studies. Learn more