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 empathetic to the feelings of others. That being said, relationships can also bring on peer pressure. COMPASS NYC afterschool programs offer academic, recreation, and enrichment opportunities to strengthen your child’s development during this important time. Scroll down to learn more!


Claremont in Motion Bike Ride

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Families are welcome to come out on Saturdays for our Bike Ride Program! Bikes provided.

Library Lab: (STEM)

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Kids explore Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math with fun, free activities through hands-on experiments.

Library Lab

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Kids explore Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math with fun, free activities through hands-on experiments.


After school programs for students

Comprehensive After School System of NYC (COMPASS)

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 low-price lunch every school day.

Free health care in schools

School-Based Health Centers (SBHC)

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

Your child can get free medical services 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 proximity
    • 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 expressions commonly expressed by peers in conversations (‘sweet’, ‘cool’, ‘awesome’)
  • Learning

    • Have increased attention span
    • Develop reading, writing, and numeracy skills in accordance with the Common Core Standards
    • Use reading and writing skills for non-academic activities (grocery lists, maps, drawing)
    • Can connect ideas, structure arguments, unpack 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 immunizations

Act early by talking to your child’s doctor if your child:

    • Has little or no capacity 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 endurance
    • Avoids messy play or the feeling of certain textures (sand, paint, glue, tape)
    • Gets tired easily when completing a writing task
    • Constantly wanders off topic in conversation
    • Avoids sitting still