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Thursday, June 07, 2007

A Great Day for America's Families

The Afterschool Alliance has declared today a great day for America's families. The House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee voted to increase funding for afterschool programs setting the stage for 125,000 more children to have access to enriching activities after the school day.

Currently, more than 14 million kindergarten through 12th‑graders take care of themselves after the school day ends, most because they have no real alternative.
" We will work with our partners across the country to see that the funding levels passed today become law,'' said Jodi Grant, executive director of Afterschool Alliance.

Adds Grant: "After years of freezes and small cuts, the Subcommittee’s action today is a welcome and long overdue step in the right direction of reaching our goal to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Our nation’s children, families and communities will benefit when this vision is realized.”
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