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8,000 Rallies Nationwide Aim to Make Afterschool Programs Available to All QCARE to Hold Lights On A

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October 13, 2016
8,000 Rallies Nationwide Aim to Make Afterschool Programs Available to All
 to Hold Lights On Afterschool Event October 20, 2016

QUINCY - The Quincy After School Child Care (QCARE) program will sponsor a Lights On Afterschool event on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 3:00-5:00pm. The event will feature speakers beginning at 3:00pm and then will be an open house highlighting the important work of the agency.  The event will be one of more than an expected 8,000 such events across America as part of Lights On Afterschool, the annual nationwide celebration of afterschool programs organized by the Afterschool Alliance. This year, Lights On Afterschool will highlight youth voices in the upcoming national election, encouraging kids to share their thoughts with the next president and teaching youth about our electoral process.  Speakers in Quincy will discuss the benefits of afterschool programs, including inspiring children to learn, keeping them safe in the hours when juvenile crime peaks, and providing relief to working families. Additionally, speakers will call for expanding afterschool opportunities so that every child who needs a program has access to one. At the event, supporters will have an opportunity to sign a petition that urges lawmakers not to deny or divert funding for afterschool programs.   Participants in the Lights On Afterschool event include Mayor Thomas Koch, Superintendent Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, The QCARE Board of Directors, members of the Quincy City Council and School Committee, officials from the Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership, local business leaders, principals, educators, QCARE participants and families.  The event will spotlight the range of programming available at QCARE including the focus on STEM learning, academic supports, reading, physical fitness and wellness, and social emotional learning among other things. • What: Quincy After School Child Care’s Lights On Afterschool Open House • When: Thursday, October 20, 2016 3:00pm • Where: Bernazzani Elementary School Gym 701 Furnace Brook Parkway, Quincy • Who: Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, Superintendent Rick DeCristofaro, The QCARE Board of Directors, Community Leaders, after school participants, parents and supporters Quincy After School Child Care, Inc. was created in 1987 by the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. The first program served thirteen children at one location. In 30 years the nonprofit agency had grown to serve over 400 Quincy youth in nine program locations in collaboration with Quincy Public Schools. QCARE’s mission is to provide affordable child care and enrichment services of the highest quality through innovative and carefully crafted programs that are governed by qualified and passionate care givers. For more information, call 617-773-3299. The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs.  More information on Lights On Afterschool is available at www.afterschoolalliance.org
Sarah Morrison, , Executive Director, Quincy After School Child Care, Inc.