The Kids Extended Education Network (KEEN) was founded to address a shortage of out of school hours care. KEEN connects families, schools and educators so kids can access enriching programs out of school hours within the safety of their school. KEEN is fostering a shared sense responsibility for our children to create better opportunities and brighter futures.
- To address the shortage in out of school hours care while maximising the potential of this time for developmental programs;
- To help schools raise funds by managing the community use of their space;
- To promote quality providers of enriching programs for kids;
- To offer more equitable opportunities through our free placements and our grant program.
We believe at KEEN that it is a culture of engagement, sharing and giving of knowledge and resources that will create happier more fulfilled communities and offer our kids the best opportunities. It is the needs of the children around me and hope for all our children's future that inspired me to create KEEN.
Natasha Lai Butler - Founder and Director
Inspiration and Recognition:
- For her work on the KEEN initiative, Natasha has been recognised on the City of Sydney Council's list of "Sydney People" who 'shape the city and make it a better place.'
- The NSW Department of Education and Communities core values policy for schools provides a framework for how to best nurture our children.
- Harvard Family Research Project: After School Programs in the 21st Century describes the innumerable positive benefits of developmental after school programs.
- The Pizzicato Effect shows the incredible impact of music programs on children's development.
- This article in Time Magazine describes the benefits of group drumming classes for kids behaviour and self esteem.