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Posner and Vandells article Low-Income Childrens After-School Care Are There Beneficial Effects of After-School Programs provides valuable research to support the need for quality after-school programs for low-income children Low-income children need after-school programs like UCLinks because poverty affects children directly because it limits the material resources available to them and indirectly because of the psychological distress it engenders in parents which in turn negatively influences parental behavior1 The time a child spends after-school is also important to their academic and social development The quality and type of after-school care a child receives directly correlates to their performance in school and growth in academic abilities The UCLinks program was created to offer low-income children a quality academic after-school program In the UCLinks program they have children develop their academic skills in language arts reading comprehension off-computer activities and mathematics The UCLinks after-school program works on bringing the children up to grade level or furthering their development It does not serve as a homework center for children Instead the UCLinks program concentrates on fostering their academic talent in an organized environment In Posner and Vandells article they document research that promotes organized academic after-school care Childrens academic and conduct grades were positively related to time spent in one-to-one academic work with an adult whereas academic and conduct grades were negatively correlated with the amount of time spent in outdoor unorganized activities 454 The children of the UCLinks program work with a mentor in 1-1 or 1-2 setting where mentors specifically focus on academic areas they need to improve or help them develop their abilities to the fullest 1BThe UCLinks program understands how important reading skills are to childrens success in school If children do not learn to read at grade level they have a greater risk of falling behind in class work and eventually dropping out The UCLinks program uses a combined approach to reading instruction with whole language and specific skills development In
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