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10 May, 2012 | News

Catholic Charities Joins Parents, Advocates and Community Leaders at an Emergency Town Hall Meeting to Save After-School Programs

Countless children, parents, teachers and community leaders convened at an emergency town hall meeting to save one of many after-school programs facing closure at the Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens P.S. 106 21st Century/ Out of School Time (OST) After-School Program in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  Among the speakers present were Councilman Erik M. Dilan, Nadine Whitted, District Manager for Community Board 4, and Margaret Kelley, the Borough President’s Education Policy Analyst and Principal Robert Flores of P.S. 106.
With the mayor’s budget cuts, more than 47,000 children will lose child care and after-school programs throughout the city.  OST/ P.S. 106 is one of two Catholic Charities programs with 300 children who will be left on the streets if funding is not restored. The other Catholic Charities OST program is at PS 50 program in South Jamaica, Queens—serving 250 children.
The Town Hall Meeting culminated with the children releasing yellow and orange balloons in the air symbolizing “Lights Out” if the after-school program closed.
Catholic Charities after-school programs are comprehensive programs that provide structured activities for children ages 5-12.  It is designed for working parents who want their children to be in a highly stabilized educational environment.  The programs offer a variety of services, which include recreation, art, homework help, social skills development and creative writing.  If this funding is not restored, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens will no longer be able to provide quality after-school programming for close to 600 families in Brooklyn and Queens.
Don’t leave our children on the streets!