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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: September 21, 2022 09:54 AM
From: Representative Regina G. Young
To: All House members
Subject: Lights on Afterschool Day
Children in kindergarten through twelfth grade spend more than 80% of their time learning outside of school in places such as afterschool programs. Afterschool programs provide safe and engaging learning experiences that support working families when their children are outside of the classroom and build stronger communities by helping to develop positive relationships among students, parents, schools, and community partners. Unfortunately, there are still many children that are not able to access an afterschool program, with nearly 25 million families reporting that they would enroll their children in an afterschool program if one were available.
It is for this reason that I am introducing a resolution to recognize October 20, 2022, as “Lights on Afterschool Day” in Pennsylvania. This would make us part of the national celebration of afterschool programs which promotes the importance of quality afterschool programs in the lives of children, families, and communities. As many afterschool programs across the country are facing operating challenges forcing some to consider closing their doors and turning off their lights, it is important that we show our commitment to invest in the health and safety of all young people. Taking this step would commit Pennsylvania to ensure the lights stay on and the doors stay open for all children after school.
Ultimately, the more we invest in our children, the better our communities become. Please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution to support providing our children with a safe, engaging space to learn outside of school.

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Introduced as HR237