Proposed Deep Cuts to Afterschool Programs would hurt Students and Communities

President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget includes a $1.2 billion cut to after-school and summer programs. In explaining the budget on Thursday, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said there is no evidence that after-school programs benefit student performance.


What Can We Do?

Dear Afterschool Professional:

Events recently have left our small team at the National AfterSchool Association and the members of our community sad, frightened and asking, "What can we do?"
To all who work in this field, our answer is this: Keep doing what you are doing. Keep teaching children that love is greater than hate.


Student-Athlete Concussions

During the 2015 General Assembly Session, legislation was introduced by Delegate Luke Torian (House Bill 2006) and Senator Richard Stuart (Senate Bill 998).  The legislation as introduced would have required each local school division to establish a management plan for implementation of and compliance with its policies and procedures on the identification and handling of suspected concussions in student-athletes.  The Senate Education and Health Committee and the House Education Committee members reviewed these bills and determined that further study of this issue would be appropriate.  The members of the Committees requested the Commission on Youth to study the provisions set forth in the legislation.  As a result, the Commission on Youth adopted a study plan on May 5, 2015 to address student-athlete concussions. 

According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, concussions are considered to be one of the most complex sports injuries.  Short-term effects may include: loss of consciousness, confusion, memory disturbance, slowed reaction time, headaches, dizziness, vomiting, mood changes and sleep alternation.  Long-term effects may include: depression, mild memory disturbance, mild cognitive impairment, chronic headaches, irritability, vertigo, difficulty concentrating, impulsiveness and posttraumatic stress disorder. 


Providing supper to kids through an afterschool program? The Virginia No Kid Hungry campaign is requesting your participation in a short (5-10 minute) survey designed to study how afterschool programs in the Commonwealth are meeting the nutritional needs of their participants. Please click here to support the First Lady’s initiative to end child hunger in Virginia and learn about about federal funding to provide kids with healthy meals after school. If you are interested in supporting your program’s food service with funding from the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and/or the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), please contact No Kid Hungry Virginia State Director, Eddie Oliver, at 804-692-2583 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For information about Virginia No Kid Hungry and grant opportunities follow No Kid Hungry on Facebook or Twitter, or visit their website.



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America After 3PM

More Students in Virginia and Nationally Are Attending Summer Learning Programs, But Unmet Demand Is High. Washington, DC — Participation in summer learning programs in Virginia has increased in the last five years, but there is still tremendous unmet demand, according to data from the America After 3PM study. It found that 34 percent of families in the state report that at least one of their children participated in a summer learning program in 2013, compared with 26 percent in 2008. Nationally, 33 percent of families have at least one child in a summer learning program, up from 25 percent in 2008. Despite the progress at the state and national levels, the demand for summer programs far exceeds the rate of participation.


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