The Importance of After-School Programs
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Government agencies and nonprofit organizations have started to promote after-school programs, but the need for programs isn't anywhere close to being met. According to NYVPRC, more than 28 million school-aged children have parents who work outside the home, and that number will only grow in the coming years. Some may think that only elementary-aged children need supervision during after-school hours, but studies show that after-school programs benefit children of all ages.
Overwhelming evidence shows that after-school programs benefit children. Not only do they develop critical traits that prepare kids for adulthood; they also help to keep them safe by reducing the number of unsupervised kids after school. The After School Alliance is dedicated to reminding lawmakers how important it is for children to have somewhere to go after the school doors close. Their health and safety depend on it.