Connecting for Children and Families (CCF) held its Second Annual Lights On Afterschool Event on Nov. 8 as part of a national program run by The Afterschool Alliance, the nation’s leading voice dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs.
Uncertain Times, a recently released survey of afterschool programs, revealed that programs across the country are struggling to keep their doors open.
“Even as we gather to celebrate all that afterschool programs do to keep students safe, inspire them to learn and help working families, we are mindful that not only are there not enough programs, but also that many existing programs are in jeopardy,” said Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. "Lights On Afterschool provides a fantastic opportunity to celebrate these programs and to increase awareness about how important they are to our children, parents, schools and communities. Now more than ever, we need to safeguard afterschool funding. There are still more than 15 million kids who are unsupervised after school and that is 15 million too many. We need to make quality afterschool programs available to every child, instead of diverting or denying federal funds for these essential programs.”
CCF held its event at Woonsocket Middle School, and provided families an opportunity to see demonstrations from the various enrichment partners that provide afterschool programming, including Rhythm Room drums, Mastery Martial Arts, and the High School Break Dancing Program. CCF also offers a variety of other enrichment programs such as: Newspaper Club, Robotics Club, Homework Help, Science Club, Money Makers which explores math problems with fun twists and interactive games, and many more. For a full listing of our offerings, please visit ccfcenter.org.
CCF Executive Director Terry Curtin said “For the last ten years, CCF has been providing afterschool enrichment for Woonsocket children in the lowest-performing schools. Our award-winning programs are critical to help children succeed academically and socially. Our goal is to see children do well in school, graduate from high school, and have successful college and/or work experiences.”