Washington, D.C. – At a meeting in his Washington, D.C. office, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) sat with local residents involved in the Afterschool Alliance to discuss the important role afterschool programs play in the Western New York Community. In New York, 27% of youth in kindergarten through high school are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
“Working families often rely on afterschool programs to provide their children with a safe and fun place to go immediately following the school day,” said Congressman Higgins. “U.S. Departments of Education and Justice findings speak volumes; students in quality afterschool programs have improved academic performance, behavior and school attendance as well as greater expectations for the future.”
The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for quality, affordable afterschool programs for all children. It is supported by a group of public, private and nonprofit organizations that share the Alliance's vision of ensuring that all children have access to afterschool programs by 2010. Local members of the Afterschool Alliance went to Capitol Hill for their first-ever Afterschool Rocks the House event.
Following his meeting with the Afterschool Alliance, Congressman Higgins elected to join the Congressional Afterschool Caucus, a bi-partisan group of federal representatives committed to building support for afterschool programs.