Children's Aid Society Staff, Students and Parents to Travel to Albany to Advocate for Funding for After-School Programs

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Three Buses to Depart from Washington Heights and the Bronx

Contact:
Ellen Lubell, The Children’s Aid Society, (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864
Emily Crossan, The Children’s Aid Society, (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742

When:
Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Where:
Buses will depart from:
1. Salomé Ureña Middle Academies Campus – 6:30 a.m.
4600 Broadway at 196th Street, Washington Heights
Day-of contact: Hersilia Mendez, 646-510-3836

2. P.S. 8 Community School – 6:30 a.m.
465 West 167th Street, Washington Heights
Day-of contact: Gail Grandison, 718-213-1448

3. C.S. 61/I.S. 190 Community Schools – 6:00 a.m.
1550 Crotona Park East, The Bronx
Day-of contact: Katherine Eckstein, 917-312-3564

** Parents, students and organizers from The Children’s Aid Society will be available for interview before the buses depart. **

What:
Approximately 150 staff, students and parents from Children’s Aid Society community schools in Washington Heights, East Harlem and the Bronx will travel to Albany for After-School Advocacy Day.

Between 700 and 900 participants from across the state will rally and visit legislators to advocate for increased funding for after-school programming.

Advocates want an additional $25 million built into the New York State budget for the Extended Day/School Violence Prevention Program, which would allow the program to serve 25,000 more children across the state. They are also seeking another $12.5 million for the Advantage After-School Program and a $30 million investment to prevent the closure of 207 programs serving over 34,000 children and funded through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

In Albany, The Children’s Aid Society families and staff are planning to meet with Assembly Members and Senators from East Harlem, Washington Heights and the Bronx.

Who:
Organized by the Coalition for After-School Funding, Advocacy Day allows stakeholders to convey the importance of after-school programs and funding to their legislators. The Children’s Aid Society is a member of the Coalition.

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The Children’s Aid Society was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving more than 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. For more information, please call 212-949-4938 or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.

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