9 Years

Tips, Tricks & Resources

What to Expect

Your child’s growing independence is now in full swing! Friendships are important to your child’s development – expect them to become more interested in extracurricular activities and caring for the feelings of others. That being said, relationships can also bring on peer pressure. COMPASS after school programs offer academic, recreation, and enrichment opportunities to strengthen your child’s development during this important time. Scroll down to learn more!


Winter Nature Crafts

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Create crafts using natural materials found outdoors with the Urban Park Rangers.

Family Board Games

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Kids can show off their gaming talents at the library as they make new friends and enhance skills.

Coloring for Kids

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The library provides fantastic coloring sheets and crayons for kids and parents or caregivers to enjoy together.


Afterschool programs for students

Comprehensive After School System of NYC (COMPASS NYC)

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

COMPASS NYC has hundreds of programs for young people in kindergarten through 12th grade.

School breakfast and lunch


NYC Department of Education

NYC students can enjoy free breakfast and lunch every school day.

Free health care in schools

School-Based Health Centers (SBHC)

NYC Department of Education/NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Students can get free health care in their school.


How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development.

What most 9 year olds do at this age:

  • Social

    • Begin to see the benefits of following social norms
    • Seek out friendships based on common interests and closeness
    • Participate in extracurricular activities
    • Begin to understand other people’s points of view
  • Communication

    • Maintain eye contact when listening
    • Share ideas and opinions in clear speech
    • Use slang terms commonly used by peers in conversations (‘sweet’, ‘cool’, ‘awesome’)
  • Learning

    • Have increased attention span
    • Develop reading, writing, and math skills in line with the Common Core Standards
    • Use reading and writing skills for non-academic activities (grocery lists, maps, drawing)
    • Can connect ideas, structure arguments, understand complex words
  • Physical Development

    • Begin to show signs of puberty
    • Show an increased awareness of physical skills
    • Have control of both large and small muscles
    • Demonstrate an ability to swim (if taught)
    • Confidently participate in movement activities on playground
  • Health

    • Have 5 ounces of grains daily
    • Have 1 ½ cups of vegetables daily
    • Have 1 to 1 ½ cups of fruits daily
    • Have 2 ½ cups of milk daily
    • Have 4 ounces of meat and beans daily
    • Have 1 hour of moderate and vigorous physical activity each day
    • Participate in many 15-minute periods of physical activity
    • Sleep about 9-11 hours per day
    • Are on schedule with shots

Act early by talking to a doctor, teacher, or social worker if your child:

    • Has little or no ability to see things from another’s point of view
    • Shows frustration and poor self confidence
    • Fails to follow verbal and written directions in class
    • Has decreased levels of energy
    • Avoids messy play or the feeling of certain textures (sand, paint, glue, tape)
    • Gets tired easily when completing a writing task
    • Often wanders off topic in conversation
    • Avoids sitting still