Students Need Expanded After-School Opportunities

Gallie vampingIn 2014, the NC Legislature changed family eligibility requirements for the child care voucher – many working parents face difficult choices without access to affordable after-school options. Eligibility for parents with school age children (6 through age 12) dropped from 75 % of the State Median Income to 133% of the Federal Poverty Level. For a family of four, that resulted in reducing income eligibility from $50,244 to $31,721. The NC State budget will either override or keep in place these recent changes. We will keep you updated through Advocacy Alerts and Success Equation Updates. Contact Jodi Ford at JodiF@childrenfirstbc.org to get signed up on these emails, if you are not already signed up.

Studies show that the hours between 3-6 p.m. on school days (referred to by law enforcement officials as a “danger zone”) are the prime time for violent juvenile crime; this is also the time period during which kids are most likely to become victims of violent crime, be involved in all kinds of accidents, experiment with drugs or alcohol.  Lack of adult supervision for both children have been linked to: increased likelihood of accidents, injuries, lower social competence, lower GPAs, lower achievement test scores and greater likelihood of participation in delinquent or other high risk activities.

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After-school programs provide opportunities for learning and self-discovery for school-age children, as well as a safe and supervised environment. Below are a few of the after-school program available in our area:

• For a Full List of After-School Programs and Contact Information: United Way 211 Referral Line for Available After-School Services

• Boys & Girls Club of America

• Children First/CIS after-school learning centers

• Delta House Life Development of Asheville

• Eliada Home

• Girls on the Run

• In Real Life at Asheville Middle School

• JCC Kids After School (and Full Day), Asheville Jewish Community Center

• YMCA After-School Care

• YWCA School-Age Program

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This story is part of a series collected by The Success Equation. Under the umbrella of Children First/CIS, the Success Equation is an initiative that unites community to reduce and prevent the root causes of poverty so all children can thrive. Get involved! Learn about action steps, volunteer opportunities, and help share these messages by going to www.facebook.com/SuccessEquation. To find more, go to www.successequation.org.