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At no cost to a school district, WFC sets up the programs, purchases supplies, hires and trains staff, performs all administrative functions and manages all day-to-day operations. By operating the After-School program on the school site, the program utilizes space that would otherwise be empty or underused during the hours of 3-6pm, Monday through Friday every day that school is in session. Students receive nutritious snacks, homework help, mentoring, and instruction in character education, academics, and fun activities. Parents are able to go to work, and be more productive knowing that their children are in a safe, nurturing environment.
The Work-Family Connection's philosophy is to provide a structured yet relaxed atmosphere and to also promote and teach essential life skills such as decision making, conflict resolution, negotiation, socialization, problem solving, and good self-esteem.
One of the main focus areas of the program will be to support the academic curriculum of the school day. In addition to the academic focus, the After-School Program strives to be different from the school day. Many additional activities complement the school day that bring in a WIDE VARIETY of subjects, interests, resources, and exposures. Nearly two -thirds of each afternoon's schedule is made up of activity choices that include:
- Literacy Learning
- Character Development
- Arts, Crafts, Music
- Physical Activity
- Special Enrichment Programs
- Linking with School Day Curriculum
- Linking with Families
- Linking with the Community
The Work-Family Connection strives to maintain a standard of less than 15 students to one qualified and trained staff person at all times. All employees undergo fingerprinting, criminal background checks, physical exams, TB testing and reference checks. Adult staff hold a current certification in CPR and First Aid. Many of the staff at The Work-Family Connection are either certified teachers, or college graduates with degrees in education or a related field. We are proud to say that we have employees with over 15 years of service with our organization.
The Work-Family Connection has enjoyed providing quality enrichment programs for kids since 1989. This Not-For-Profit organization currently operates After School Programs on-site serving 28 New Jersey schools, including 4 programs partnered and funded by New Jersey After 3.