Change is inevitable...
It’s been said that the one constant in life is change. We are aware that there’s a lot of positive and negative change occurring in The Afterschool Movement on both a state and national level. However, we must stand united and concerted proclaiming the successes and benefits of afterschool programming to the nearly 2 million children and families who receive services throughout this country. Here’s what we know:
- In New York, 20% (584,597) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
- Of all New York children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 49% (1,151,361) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
- 91% of parents in New York are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
- 21% (632,076) of New York's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 84,545 kids in programs supported by the U.S. Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) initiative, the only federal program dedicated to afterschool.
This March/April newsletter is filled with relevant information and resources that will be beneficial to you and your programs. As the 21st CCLC Rest of State Technical Assistance Resource Center we reaffirm our commitment to each of you in the provision of professional development and technical assistance. We are here for YOU! Thank you for your commitment to afterschool programming. Change IS inevitable however, the passion and commitment you give to your participants and their families is constant because it stems from your heart.
*Data supplied by the Afterschool Alliance