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Reflection Sciences Celebrates the Heart of Afterschool Programs during “Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week”

Saint Paul, MN. April 23, 2019 | Reflection Sciences, Inc. is joining the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) to celebrate the professionals that are at the heart of afterschool programs during “Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week” April 22-26, 2019.

Reflection Sciences’ mission is to reduce gaps in achievement and opportunity by advancing the science and practice of executive function skills. Executive function skills, often referred to as the brain’s ‘air traffic control’, predict not just academic success, but also life success and well-being in children and adults. “We know that the proper development of executive function extends far beyond the classroom. Afterschool professionals – just like teachers and parents – make a difference in the lives of children and young adults,” said Jeff Shelstad, Reflection Sciences’ CEO. “We encourage everyone to join us this week in taking the time to thank afterschool professionals for the impact they have.”

Why is
it important to recognize Afterschool Professionals?

An estimated 10.2 million children participate
in afterschool programs each year. Today, afterschool programs are viewed as
much more than just childcare. They are widely credited as the way to enhance
education in STEM, literacy, the arts, social and emotional learning, health
and wellness, and more. With that demand comes increased responsibility on the estimated
850,000 of professionals who are making a difference in the lives of our

What is
Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week?

Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is
a joint effort of community partners, afterschool programs, youth and child
care workers, and individuals who have committed to dedicating time to recognize
and appreciate those who work with youth during out-of-school hours. The week
is marked by celebrations and public relations efforts to encourage people to
thank afterschool professionals serving children in programs and organizations
across the nation.

Who is
an Afterschool Professional?

An Afterschool Professional is someone who
works with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to
provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during
out-of-school hours. Currently, there is an estimated 850,000 afterschool
professionals in the US.

How can
I thank an Afterschool Professional?

  • Share on
    social media! The phrase for this week is: “I appreciate the Afterschool
    Professionals who make a difference in the lives of young people.
  • Give a hand-written
    card from you and/or your child to the afterschool professional in your life.
  • Send an
    email to an afterschool professional’s supervisor describing why that person is
  • Bring treats
    to the staff at your afterschool program.

For more information about Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week visit: http://www.heartofafterschool.com

For more information about Reflection Sciences, Executive Function, or the MEFS App™ visit: http://www.reflectionsciences.com

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