WXXI Local Stories
Thu October 6, 2011
Rochester After School Programs Get National Recognition
By Carlet Cleare
Rochester, NY – A new national report highlights Rochester as one of the most advanced cities for developing afterschool programs for youth.
The National League of Cities report says networks of human services organizations, schools and municipalities are crucial to kids being successful.
The report says one in four children and youth are either at home unattended or hanging out with friends after school.
And in Rochester, more than 17,200 kids have no place to go once school lets out.
Patricia Davis, director of community investment at United Way, says children who lack supervision between the hours of 3 and 7 pm are more susceptible of getting into trouble, "Kids want and need safe places to go after school. And it's inherent upon those of us in position to provide for them to give them those safe places where they can grow, learn to make positive healthy choices and from the United Way's perspective, to be ready by 21 for college, work and life."
In the study, Rochester is recognized for its E-Z Rec Pass that tracks students' attendance, participation and contact information.
Also cited is a Rochester Afterschool Plan launched by former mayor Bob Duffy and then-superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard, which offers high-quality standards for afterschool programs.
Rochester ranked within the top 27 cities identified by the National League of Cities. The Wallace Foundation commissioned the report.