Cicilline unveils bill to strengthen after-school programs

The Providence Journal
Monday, October 6, 2014

PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Congressman David N. Cicilline will unveil new legislation to strengthen after-school programs, alongside advocates, teachers and students at Nathan Bishop Middle School in Providence on Monday.

The legislation will help children and families by investing in high-quality after-school programs nationwide, according to Cicilline.

Studies show that children who regularly attend quality after-school programs perform better in school; have lower incidences of drug use, violence and pregnancy; and are less likely to enter the "school-to-prison pipeline."

Cicilline's bill, the Community Partnerships in Education Act, would support after-school programs by encouraging and requiring partnerships between schools and communities to increase student engagement in community services that support education, athletics, and job readiness.

According to the most recent Afterschool Alliance America After 3pm report, 15 million children are left unsupervised after school from the hours of 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. According to the Afterschool Alliance, Rhode Island outpaces the national average in terms of after-school participation with 17 percent of K-12 youth in such programs.

However, 27 percent of Rhode Island's youth are alone at some point each week and 38 percent of kids would participate in an after-school program if they had the opportunity.

The following after-school programs and advocacy organizations support the Community Partnerships in Education Act: Providence After School Alliance, Every Hour Counts, After School Matters (Chicago), Boston After School and Beyond, Family League of Baltimore, Nashville After Zone Alliance, Partnership for Children and Youth (Bay Area, CA), Prime Time Palm Beach County, the After-School Corporation (New York), and Youthprise (Twin Cities, MN).

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