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Quality Out-of-School Time Programs Help Keep Youth on Track for Success

While everyone can understand why additional learning time is important, there is a larger societal impact that many people may not be aware of. According to the Department of Defense, more than 70 percent of 17- to 24-year-olds in California and across the U.S. cannot serve in the military, primarily because they are too poorly educated, too overweight or have a serious criminal record. Childhood obesity rates, coupled with a lack of physical exercise, mean greater risk for diabetes and heart disease. High school dropouts lose access to the training and education they need to enter into rewarding careers, and college is out of reach without a high school diploma. Quality afterschool and summer learning programs combat these challenges with a range of positive impacts including improved school attendance, English fluency, academic success, health and nutrition, and important social-emotional skill development. Read More