Better Together: Building Local Systems to Improve Afterschool

Jul 15, 2013 | by
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Almost everyone believes that afterschool programs are one of those good things for youngsters. And yet many kids are left out: Only 15 percent -- 8.4 million -- of the country's school children participate, according to a report, "America After 3 PM," by the advocacy organization Afterschool Alliance. That leaves millions more students returning to empty houses, or worse. At a Feb. 21-22, 2013 conference in Baltimore, close to 400 people invited from 57 U.S. cities gathered to discuss what they could do to push for better afterschool programs -- and make sure that programming is available to all the kids who need it.