After-school programs vital to next generation
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Lisa D. Welsh
October 29, 2008
After school programs provide safe supervision, enhance academic performance and develop positive relationships. Georgia Hall, research scientist with the National Institute on Out-of-School Time at the Wellesley Centers for Women, states that "We've all come to the realization that school alone cannot meet the needs for youth today in terms of 21st century learning and 21st century technology training." Programs, however, are still underfunded. "We have agreement that this is the way to go, but we need to move the dollars with it," Hall said. "It's getting better, but we still have a long way to go."