Merrick House participates in Lights On Afterschool rally

(Plain Press, November 2006) Merrick House School Age Child Care program at Pilgrim Congregational Church on W. 14th held an Open House on October 12th as part of a nationwide effort to draw attention to the need for secure sources of long term funding for after school programs.  The national Lights On Afterschool rally involved activities at over 7,500 sites nationwide.

Molly Carreon of Merrick House talked of the importance of safe afterschool programs for children and urged support of the Cuyahoga County health and human services levy and support for Ohio candidates who believe in increasing funding for afterschool programs.

In Ohio, a web-based survey indicates that budget cuts and stagnant funding levels are taking a toll on after school programs. 55 Ohio afterschool providers took the survey.

The survey results, reported in a document titled Uncertain Times: Funding Insecurity Puts Afterschool Programs at Risk reported that “afterschool programs in Ohio are serving a high need population, serving more children than expected, and struggling to maintain funding. Nearly all respondents say that more children in their communities could benefit from afterschool programs, if they were available.”

 

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