When you think of the kind of afterschool care you'd want for your child, what do you imagine? A place to while away few hours watching TV, eating random snacks and (maybe) working on homework? That's the experience for many kids today, and although it serves a basic need, it doesn't do much to help a child grow as a person. What if there was a way to utilize those hours to improve kids' health and well-being? It's more important now than ever. Today's kids are facing challenges that are unique to their generation. A technology and entertainment-saturated world has given them access to an unprecedented wealth of information and creative experiences, but at the same time has presented its own set of drawbacks. Kids spend more time in front of screens than they do in outdoor or physical play, and are bombarded with news and images that can trigger anxiety about the world. One in three American kids are clinically obese, and 17.1 million young people will be affected by some form of mental health disorder (including attention issues, behavioral disorders and anxiety) before the age of 18.
Parents, experts and educators have been working hard to address these problems, and great strides are being made to help kids make better health choices, combat bullying, and get the support they need to excel in school, but there's still lots of work to be done. Not every family or school district has the budget or the tools to give kids the lifestyle enrichment education they deserve. Even for parents who are fully committed to raising their children with holistic values, it can be hard to find an after school setting that shares those values.
What We're all About
The Holistikids program can fill in some of these gaps, giving children a second home after school where they can enjoy a peaceful environment where wellness and self-esteem are top priorities. It's a simple yet practical way to reach out and enrich the lives of children every day. HolistiKids is a lifestyle enrichment program designed to complement an afterschool childcare setting. The name comes from the word “holistic”, which refers to things that are good for the whole person (body, mind, and spirit). The idea for HolistiKids developed over the years based on observations from parents, teachers, and home childcare providers. When you sign up to be a HolistiKids Facilitator, you'll get convenient weekly planners that cover snacks, activity suggestions and mini-lessons, so there's no confusion or guessing games. Each week, kids can learn about foods, cultures, art, health habits and ideas in quick, easy sound bytes they can easily handle and remember. The program is not designed to be preachy or intrusive; instead it's intended to give kids just enough information and encouragement while still allowing them peaceful free time.
If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, head over to our “Join Us” page, contact us, and find out how to become a HolistiKids Facilitator.