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Lawmakers Form Caucuses on After-School Issues

By Christina A. Samuels — March 08, 2005 1 min read

A bipartisan group of lawmakers last week launched the Congressional Afterschool Caucuses in the hope of increasing federal funding for after-school programs. The group of six legislators includes Sens. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., and John Ensign, R-Nev.

“Working Families and Afterschool: A Special Report From America After 3 PM” is available online from the Afterschool Alliance. ()

In conjunction with that announcement, a report on what children do during after-school hours was released by the Washington-based Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit agency that promotes programs at the end of the school day.

The report says that 31 percent of the children in working families spend at least part of that time taking care of themselves.

“Working Families and Afterschool: A Special Report From America After 3 P.M.” was initially released last year, but this edition includes new analyses.

A version of this article appeared in the March 09, 2005 edition of Education Week