I just read an article by Susan B. Neuman in the in the April 2010 Educational Leadership Magazine titled above. I had to laugh b/c we can barely get what we need in NJ during the day to find funding opportunitities to provide after school enrichment for our kids.
Neuman says that "After school programs are more than just safety nets. They promote positive development and expand children's goals for school and beyond."
This is where we might truly engage students to find interests and solve problems for the real world they live in.
According to this article, the U.S. Congress increased funding for the federal 21st Century Community Centers after-school iniative by $35 million.....????
I am preplexed about how $ works when we are losing valuable help during our days!