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Constructive Use of TimeFor 3-5 Year Olds

Play and creative activities—The child has daily opportunities to play in ways that allow self-expression, physical activity, and interaction with others.
Out-of-home and community programs—The child experiences well-designed programs led by competent, caring adults in well maintained settings.
Religious community—The child participates in age-appropriate religious activities and caring relationships that nurture her or his spiritual development.
Time at home—The child spends most of her or his time at home participating in family activities and playing constructively, with parent(s) guiding TV and electronic game use.

 

Constructive Use of TimeFor 5-9Year Olds

Creative Activities—Child participates weekly in music, dance, or other form of artistic expression outside of school.
Child Programs—Child participates weekly in at least one sport, club, or organization within the school or community.
Religious Community—Child participates in age-appropriate religious activities and caring relationships that nurture her or his spiritual development.
Time at Home—Child spends time at home playing and doing positive activities with the family.

 

Constructive Use of TimeFor 8-12 Year Olds

Creative activities—Child participates in music, art, drama, or creative writing two or more times per week.
Child programs—Child participates two or more times per week in cocurricular school activities or structured community programs for children..
Religious community—Child attends religious programs or services one or more times per week.
Time at home—Child spends some time most days both in high-quality interaction with parents and doing things at home other than watching TV or playing video games.

 

Constructive Use of TimeFor 12-18 Year Olds

Creative activities—Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts.
Youth programs—Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations at school and/or in the community.
Religious community—Young person spends one or more hours per week in activities in a religious institution.
Time at home—Young person is out with friends “with nothing special to do” two or fewer nights per week.

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