More than a quarter of America’s schoolchildren are on their own after school, before their parents get home from work. Despite growing awareness that children are at risk during these afternoon hours, the number of children left on their own in the afternoons has increased over the past five years. Better Basics is committed to providing meaningful and enriching afterschool opportunities customized to the needs of the school. These programs can be a compliment to a school’s existing afterschool curriculum or can be an all-encompassing program managed by Better Basics’ staff, which includes education and enrichment components that adhere to the Alabama Course of Study standards.
Better Basics currently operates three all-encompassing afterschool centers for students in grades K-6 in Fairfield City Schools. The Better Basics HOPE 21st Century Community Learning Centers in Fairfield are models of afterschool excellence. The HOPE Centers are safe havens that allow children to explore their interests, express themselves artistically, receive extra academic support, enjoy healthy snacks and exercise daily.
By providing a safe and healthy environment after school, Better Basics desires to create lasting changes in students’ lives by teaching healthy lifestyles that include academic, emotional and physical well-being.