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New Study Finds Huge Unmet Demand for Afterschool Programs in America’s High-Poverty Communities

Washington, D.C. – Many of the country’s most vulnerable children and youth are not benefitting from after school and summer learning programs, which have a proven track record of success helping students succeed in school and in life, because these programs are in short supply in communities of concentrated poverty (CCPs). America After 3PM Special Report: Afterschool in Communities of Concentrated Poverty, released today by the Afterschool Alliance, finds that 24 percent of children living in CCPs participate in an afterschool program, compared to 18 percent of children overall in the United States.

Afterschool Alliance

May 26, 2017
in Out-of-School Time

Healthier Vending in Louisville, KY

Congratulations to the city for establishing healthier nutrition standards for vending machines on Louisville Metro properties.

Voices for Healthy Kids

May 15, 2017
in Procurement

GAO Says Education Dept. Should Up Its Oversight of Federal After-school Program

As after-school programs across the country fear loss of federal funds, a new report from theGovernment Accountability Office could muddy the waters. The GAO released a report Wednesday saying the Department of Education needs to improve its oversight of the program by updating the way it measures program outcomes.

Youth Today

April 28, 2017
in Out-of-School Time

Santa Clara County Healthy Beverages in Kids’ Meals

The Santa Clara County Healthy Beverages in Kids’ Meal Ordinance recently passed 4-0, and ensures that restaurants that sell kids’ meals can only include water and milk in those meals.

Voices for Healthy Kids

April 27, 2017

News from Oklahoma: Healthy Food Access Progress

We have exciting news from Oklahoma: the state is making progress in helping all families access affordable, healthy foods!

Voices for Healthy Kids

April 26, 2017
in Healthy Food Financing

Progress in Washington: Healthier Kids through Improved Physical Education

On April 20th, the Governor signed HB 1235, which requires the reporting of PE quality at school, district, and state level.

Voices for Healthy Kids

April 25, 2017

Montgomery County and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Approve Increased Healthy Vending

Montgomery County and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission have passed policies that will expand healthy drinks and snacks offered in county and park vending machines.

Voices for Healthy Kids

April 19, 2017

Week of Wins: Healthier Vending in St. Louis and Safer Physical Activity in New York

St. Louis, Missouri, and New York State are making their communities healthier for all families.

Voices for Healthy Kids

April 13, 2017

Goedeken: Out-of-school time matters too

Children and youth in grades K-12 spend only 18.5 percent of their waking hours in the formal classroom environment. So where are they spending the rest of their time? As the number of working parents increases, more and more youth are coming home to empty homes after school. It is during these unsupervised hours when juvenile crime and victimization increases drastically, and youth miss opportunities to learn, create and problem solve. Expanded learning opportunities provide fun,enriching, safe environments where students can explore, learn, create and build life skills that will prove invaluable as they grow and develop into competent, caring adults.

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The Columbus Telegram

April 12, 2017
in Out-of-School Time

Complete Streets in Brunswick, GA

Congratulations, Brunswick, GA! Locals and visitors will have safer streets for transportation and recreation! Last week, the Mayor and City Commission passed Ordinance 1048, a Complete Streets policy to improve community health, while decreasing traffic congestion.

Voices for Healthy Kids

April 10, 2017
in Complete Streets