Prime Time and Local Out-of-school Time Programs Celebrate Lights On Afterschool

Lights On Afterschool  was launched in October 2000 with celebrations in 1,200 communities nationwide. Today, more than 8,000 Lights On Afterschool rallies are held annually, attracting about a million individuals and media coverage nationwide. Lights On Afterschool is America’s only national rally for afterschool programs, which keep children safe, inspire them to learn, and give working parents peace of mind that their children are safe, supervised, and learning after the school day ends. Afterschool programs, which support students’ academic achievement and well-being, are especially important right now.

Prime Time is helping to host Lights On Afterschool celebrations in three out-of-school time programs in Palm Beach County on October 20, 2022. Palm Beach Public Afterschool Program will offer different learning stations that will include social and emotional learning and STEAM topics. Activities will include yoga, musical activities, planting, team boat building/racing and more! Grassy Waters Afterschool Program has planned an ice cream social and dj for families to celebrate while dancing and playing limbo. Forest Hill Afterschool Program will host a soccer game include parents and youth.

Prime Time encourages all out-of-school time programs to join in the nationwide celebration to bring awareness to invest in afterschool and summer programs, which provide fun, hands-on learning opportunities and offerings that can include homework help; healthy snacks and meals; computer programming; robotics; art, dance and music; opportunities to think critically, collaborate, and communicate with peers and adults; job and college readiness; sports and fitness activities; mentors; and more.

Some 24.7 million U.S. children not in an afterschool program would be enrolled, if a program were
available to them, according to a survey of 1,500 parents commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance and
conducted by Edge Research in May and June of 2022. That is the highest number ever recorded. Unmet
demand for afterschool programs is significantly higher among Latino and Black children (at 60% and
54% respectively) than among children overall (49%). Cost is the top barrier to enroll, cited by 57% of
parents as a reason for not enrolling their child. Ninety percent of parents rate the quality of the program
their child attends as excellent (51%) or very good (39%).


The American Rescue Plan provided historic resources to expand access to out-of-school time programs.
In July, the U.S. Department of Education launched the Engage Every Student Initiative, a bold, historic
call to action to use funds from the American Rescue Plan, as well as state and local funds, to ensure
access to high-quality out-of-school time programs for every child. The Afterschool Alliance is one of
five coordinating organizations in this historic new public/private partnership.

Lights On Afterschool is a project of the  Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has served as Chair of Lights On Afterschool since 2001. 

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