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Making the Most of Out-of-School Time MS Word - How can communities productively engage young people in meaningful activities during the hours they are not in school? Answers to that question are beginning to emerge from a $9.7 million initiative supported in Boston, Chicago and Seattle by the DeWitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund. Interim findings indicate that the three cities have been making progress in their efforts to improve the quantity and quality of before- and after-school programs for 5- to 14-year-olds, especially for families in low-income communities. Various issues — ranging from changes in welfare laws, to education reform, to a recognition that unsupervised out-of-school time puts many youngsters at risk of becoming involved in dangerous activities, such as drugs, violence and sex — have brought long overdue national attention to the need to make high-quality, affordable programs available to more American families. (Robert Halpern, Julie Spielberger and Sylvan Robb, DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, December 1998)...
Author: Robert Halpern, Julie Spielberger, Sylvan Robb
Publisher: DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund

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