(Released April 3, 2007) After school programs have been serving the developmental needs of children in America for well over a century. In the last ten years, however, we have seen overwhelming public support and funding for the expansion of these programs across the country. The substantial growth in funding for after school programs is driven, in part, by the belief that young people are more likely to succeed in school and in life when they have access to safe places after school– places that are supervised by caring adults and that offer engaging, high-quality learning activities.

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