HOPE adds two new classrooms
More than a decade of research shows that after school programs across the country are an integral support for children, families and communities. Each day after school, quality after school programs are keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn, as well as serving as a source of support and comfort to working families; helping parents stay productive at work which allows them to keep their jobs. Both the percentage and the total number of children in the United States participating in an after school program are on the rise. In 2014, 10.2 million children (18 percent) participated in an after school program, an increase from 2009 (8.4 million; 15 percent) and 2004 (6.5 million; 11 percent). Nearly 1 in 4 families (23 percent) currently has a child enrolled in an after school program. HOPE has expanded our building to include two additional classes. This expansion, made possible by your donations and Amelia Peabody Foundation, will allow 26 additional children to take part in after school and 78 additional children to take part in our summer program.