PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia students will have more opportunities to participate in after-school activities, thanks to an additional $2 million in funding for the programs.
The new funding will not only increase the number of students who can participate from under 6,000 to over 6,500, Human Services Commissioner Cynthia Figueroa says it also improves the student to adult ratio and the quality of the programs, so they align with the School District of Philadelphia’s focus for each level of education; elementary, middle or high school.
“There’s a connection to literacy, career exposure and career experience,” Figueroa said.
Research has shown that children who participate in quality programs outside of school, do better in school and are less likely to be involved in violent activity, but Figueroa says it really helps the whole family.
“Those hours of 3 to 6 p.m. we know are critical for families,” she said, “especially little kids and parents work, as well as how do we further engage high school students where they’re not involved in other activity that’s not going to be as safe for them.”