(Released October 12, 2006) Today, a minority of New York students benefit from after school programs while many youth in the state are unable to enroll because space is limited and funding is not keeping pace with demand. After school programs provide a critical support that helps children do better in school and reassures parents that their children are safe and well cared for after the school day ends. Unfortunately, program leaders report that they are serving a high-need population; are serving more children than expected; and are insecure about long-term sustainability. Nearly all respondents to this web-based survey say that more children in their communities could benefit from after school programs, if programs were available.

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