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How Before and After School Care Can Boost Your Child’s Academic Performance

Before and after school or out-of-school time programs offer kids various benefits. They are not just for toddlers and preschoolers but also older students. Encourage your child to pursue academic challenges outside of the classroom. Please help them to discover what captivates their interest and inspire their curiosity with reading, writing and math activities at home.


As parents, we know that finding quality childcare can be difficult. Whether it is a babysitter, neighbor or relative, finding someone available and willing to watch your children in the mornings and evenings when you are at work can be challenging. Before and after school care Severna Park MD programs provide quality supervision and academic support for kids when needed. They also offer children opportunities to socialize with other students, which improves their people skills and teaches them how to interact with others. Many afterschool programs also focus on physical activity, such as sports and group games. This allows kids to get more exercise and discover activities that they enjoy. This is a great way to decompress and have fun after a long school day. (more…)

Published Self-Esteem Building Book for Children

My name is Shirley Judge Blount, and I am a 71-year-old grandmother of seven grandchildren, with the youngest being a few days old and the oldest being 17 years old. I worked as a Teacher’s Assistant for 15 years in the Durham, NC public school system. I have been married for 41 years. My husband and I moved to Tampa, FL, to retire, where I have been working as a Substitute Teacher for the last three years. I know firsthand how children tend to gravitate towards others who look like them. My goal in writing my published book, Mommy, Why Come? is to encourage children to be all that they can be and were created to be as well as to be open to everyone, regardless.

Accepting Differences (Series 1) is written to encourage children to accept others who are not like them and to be proud of who they are, regardless of what they look like on the outside.

Being Bullied: Maybe I’ll Tell and Maybe I Won’t (Series 2) is written to let children know what to do if they are bullied and to encourage them to tell other adults in their lives.

“Uncle” Ben Visits (Series 3) is written to let children know what to do if they are being touched inappropriately.

Riley Goes to Dog Heaven (Series 4) is written to help children through the grieving process of losing a loved one, like a family member, friend, or a pet.