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Do you know about the Virginia Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI)?  The Virginia EIRI’s goal is to serve students in grades K-3 by helping reduce reading difficulties through early diagnosis and immediate intervention.  The initiative assists distri...

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Out-of-School STEM Programs

National Afterschool Association (NAA) is presenting their second annual Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week. It is a celebration of all afterschool professionals and what they do to make a difference in students lives. PCG Education is celebrating in many ways, but we would like to take the time to address an article posted by NAA, titled, "Finding STEM Learning Opportunities that Inspire Young People to Explore, Discover and Create."

"The process of teaching and learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) offers youth opportunities to make sense of the world they live in and prepare them for the future workforce."

According to NAA, "80 percent of all future jobs will require STEM literacy and skills," so it is more important than ever to have STEM implemented in afterschool programs. Here are some important statistics we took from the article explaining why afterschool and summer programming is important:

-Between 2014 and 2024, the number of STEM jobs will grow 17 percent, as compared to 12 percent for non-STEM jobs.

-Out of school programs have been shown to contribute to young people's interest in and understanding of STEM, connect young people to caring adults who serve as role models, and reduce the achievement gap between young people from low-income and high-income families.

-Three out of four parents agree that afterschool programs give them peace of mind about their children when they are at work.

Show your celebration by using #heartofafterschool on social media and thanking out-of-school professionals.