Approximately 16 percent of U.S. children ages 6-19 are overweight, and another 15 percent are at risk of becoming overweight. Afterschool programs play an important role in promoting healthy lifestyles for youth. Many afterschool and summer learning programs offer youth an array of organized physical activities and serve healthy afternoon or summer meals and snacks while emphasizing the value of a nutritous diet through hand-on nutrition education.
While policy debates have been focused primarily on K-12 school day issues, some significant steps have been taken around afterschool. The Afterschool Alliance has been an active voice in the discussions.
A blog on the latest research, resources, funding and policy on expanding quality afterschool and summer learning programs for children and youth.
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is an anti-crime organization of nearly 5,00 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and violence survivors. They take a hard look at the research about what prevents kids from becoming criminals and put that information in the hands of policy makers and the general public.
As the national leader on summer learning and its role in education reform, NSLA is deeply interested in current discussions around federal policy issues.
With science and technology certain to drive future growth, strengthening STEM education has become a national priority. Now is the tiem for afterschool advocates to make our case and help policy makers recognize the value of out-of-school time to engage youth with STEM.