Recently, the Senate unanimously passed my resolution supporting "Lights On Afterschool," a national celebration of afterschool programs. To read this bipartisan resolution, please click here.
In 2001, I wrote legislation that led to the first major national investment in afterschool programs. Children who regularly attend these programs have better grades and behavior in school; lower incidences of drug use and pregnancy; and are less likely to be either the perpetrators or victims of crime.
"Lights On Afterschool" highlights the importance of high-quality afterschool programs in the lives of children, their families, and their communities. This national celebration will be held on October 18, 2012 at more than 7,500 locations across the country.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer