Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Federal, Local Officials to Speak at Afterschool Summit

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Federal, Local Officials to Speak at Afterschool Summit

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The upcoming National City Afterschool Summit, to be held May 22-24 in Washington, D.C., will feature local and federal officials who play a strong role in shaping afterschool programs.

At the kick-off dinner for municipal officials on May 22, Henry Johnson, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, will share his perspective on how afterschool programs improve student achievement, help working families and create stronger and safer communities.

Members of the Congressional Afterschool Caucus are also invited to discuss their efforts to strengthen federal support for afterschool.

Mayor John Street of Philadelphia will be the summit's keynote speaker on May 23, discussing his commitment to young people and afterschool programs in his city.

The City of Philadelphia has taken a leadership role in creating community report cards to document the needs of children and youth.

The Street Administration's Children's Investment Strategy (CIS) is an unprecedented City effort to improve the health, safety and school performance of Philadelphia's young people.

Also on May 23, summit participants will hear from a panel that will include Mayor Jim Dailey of Little Rock, Ark.; Mayor Donald Plusquellic of Akron, Ohio; Mayor John Fabrizi of Bridgeport, Conn.; and Mayor William Euille of Alexandria, Va.

The panel will discuss the various roles mayors can play to promote and expand afterschool opportunities. …

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