State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Pittsburgh, has won committee approval for his proposal to commission a report on the availability of and need for after-school programs in Pennsylvania.
Rep. Wheatley's resolution (H.R. 824) would direct the nonpartisan Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to produce the report within a year of the resolution being adopted by the full House of Representatives.
The House Children and Youth Committee approved the resolution unanimously.
“About 28 percent of children in Pennsylvania working families are ‘latchkey kids' with no adult supervision in the afternoon. Children and youth who regularly attend high-quality after-school programs have better grades and conduct in school. Teens who do not participate in after-school programs are also three times more likely to engage in risky behavior, including drug and alcohol use, smoking and sexual activity,” Rep. Wheatley said.
“For all those reasons, I firmly believe after-school programs are a wise investment – we just need to know more about how much need there is in Pennsylvania, where it is and how much it would cost to fill the after-school gaps to help our children succeed and reduce juvenile crime.”