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Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten After-School Programs Across Vermont

posted Mar 28, 2017, 6:39 AM by Damon Cawley   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 6:40 AM ]
"If Congress approves the cuts, after-school programs that help thousands of Vermont children would take a big hit.

These are programs that offer supervision, tutoring and in some cases meals before and after school and during the summer."

"...a number of studies, including a U.S. Department of Education Report, conclude that student participation in after school programs has led to improvement in achievement and behavior.  

Emanuel Betz says Vermont has noted similar benefits.  

Betz is the state coordinator for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which oversees 103 after-school and summer learning programs in Vermont. According to the most recent 21 C state handbook, approximately 15,000 youth and 6,000 regular attendees are served across the state."

"Betz calls the $5.5 million the state receives annually for these programs a good investment.

'We’re certainly seeing an increase where regular attendees are going to school more on average, we’re seeing a really strong trend in their academic performance and we’re also seeing a lot of skill-based positive effects such as building confidence, friendships, collaboration skills, research, et cetera,'" Betz says."
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