Blunt Wants More After-School Opportunities

1 decade 3 years 1 month ago Thursday, October 12 2006 Oct 12, 2006 Thursday, October 12, 2006 9:17:40 PM CDT October 12, 2006 in News

"I'm very concerned that the afternoon hours are amongst the most dangerous, between three in the afternoon and six in the evening, that is a very dangerous time for our children, particularly children that are home alone," said Blunt. "And, when we have high-quality, after-school programs that are available for them, they will be in a safe environment, they will be in a learning environment, they will be in an environment that allows them to develop their talents."

In 2002, the Missouri Afterschool Network started partnerships between businesses and other organizations.

"Benefits that I see with the children would be an extension of curriculum, some repetition, a really big confidence builder for the students, too. So, we see a lot of positive results," said the network's Gay Kirtley.

This was the sixth Afterschool Summit.

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