Momsrising.org and parent groups urges letter-writing campaign to Congress to curb alarming new trend.
According to Momsrising.org, more than 14,000,000 school-age kids are on their own after school, and more than 40,000 of those children are kindergarteners. It's even more disturbing considering there are so many after-school programs that provide affordable childcare. Unfortunately, time may be running out for these programs. President Bush proposes slashing federal after-school funds by $300 million. If Congress approves this proposal, then thousands of schools would be forced to shutter their after-school programs.
Rather than sit back and let lawmakers decide the fate of the nations' school children, Moms Rising and the Afterschool Alliance are taking action this week by urging their subscribers to send a letter of protest to Congress to stop the proposed cuts. You, too, can stand up and take action! If you would like to find out more about the proposed cuts, visit the Afterschool Alliance.