Mayor Announces Expanded After-School Programs
(New York -WABC, October 20, 2005) (WABC) -- Two hundred million dollars will be spent to fund new after school programs for more than 40,000 kids.
Education reporter Art McFarland has the story.
Shanice Hudson's academics have improved in an after-school program, as confirmed by her mother and today at Red Hook's P.S. 27, Mayor Bloomberg announced the consolidation and expansion of after-school programs in neighborhoods across the city.
Such programs are important enough to families that parents and students staged a protest, two years ago, over a possible cutback of after school programs.
Now there is a three year commitment of $200 million, to be distributed among some 200 community-based organizations. It will all be under the supervision of the city's Department of Youth and Community Development.
The programs will cover academics, recreation and culture. The initiative is called Out of School Time, or O.S.T. There have been such programs for years, but the mayor says consolidation was necessary.
Families can find Out of School Time and other youth programs in their neighborhood at www.nyc.gov or by dialing the city's 311 information line.
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