LEWISVILLE, N.C., November 13, 2019 – AlphaBEST Education, a leading provider of before and after school enrichment-based programs, is delighted to share that Rae Darlington, who has been serving as a consultant to AlphaBEST since 2017, has expanded her role effective November 1, 2019, to lead the organization’s quality assurance and improvement work.
Creative expression through the arts is an integral component in early education, whether it’s young people engaging in performing arts, theater, dance, music, media arts, literature or visual arts. Because of this, AlphaBEST works hard to ensure creative programming opportunities are available for youth.
AlphaBEST Education understands the importance of creating inclusive environments where no child is excluded and in turn provides children with special needs the unique experience to participate in meaningful and authentic enrichment opportunities.
Many parents are driven to search for high-quality after school programs where their children will enjoy academic advancement. However, parents should be cautioned to focus on more than academic outcomes in their quest for quality. Research supports that out-of-school time academic support, combined with enrichment activities increases academic success.
It’s true, AlphaBEST serves thousands of youth with innovative after school programming throughout the country. But did you know that some AlphaBEST programs go above and beyond to also serve their communities as a whole to foster lasting change?
The educational benefits of learning a world language early in life—or at any point—are numerous. With its world language offerings, AlphaBEST’s students are introduced to world languages, including Mandarin, Spanish, and American Sign Language. The world language curriculum created exclusively for AlphaBEST’s out-of-school time programs.
Learning loss is a very real issue children encounter each summer. To combat this over the last few months, AlphaBEST offered various programing opportunities for children to stay engaged and excited to learn. Here’s a look at what some of them were up to this summer:
AlphaBEST in partnership with FableVision, launched the Going Places Summer Camp program, using best-selling author/illustrator duo Paul and Peter H. Reynolds’ book “Going Places.”
Research reveals that high-quality after school programs have a well-defined structure and adhere to careful supervision of youth. Yet while supervision is key to student safety and behavior management, well-trained and well-prepared staff can dramatically impact youth beyond their oversight role to create a flexible environment where collaboration occurs.
Back in 2002, when AlphaBEST was still a startup company, they made a presentation to Frisco ISD’s selection committee and sold the district on the idea of taking a risk with a new company. When the partnership was formed between Frisco ISD and AlphaBEST, there were three elementary campuses with AlphaBEST programming. Today, Frisco ISD boasts an impressive 42 campuses.
Research increasingly indicates that the addition of mindfulness through activities like meditation and yoga in after school programs benefits youth SEL outcomes.
Matthew Speicher, an AlphaBEST after school program site director, took notice. He offers club yoga time at the end of the day—an opportunity, he says, for children to re-center their minds and bodies.
“We’ve also introduced some time in our day for the kids to do some deep breathing exercises,” said Speicher, who shared that he struggled with anxiety as a child and still works to manage it today. “I’ve learned how to cope with my anxiety by taking deep breaths and taking some time for mediation.”