Lights on Afterschool – Celebrate Your Program! October 6, 2016 Jenny MathisProviders School Age No Comments Did you know…220,573 students are on their own in the hours after school right here in Indiana? 308,914 students would participate in an afterschool program if one were available to them! These numbers highlight the need for afterschool programming in our state. Research confirms that high quality afterschool programs are having great impacts on children’s lives. On October 20, 2016 , there will be a highlight of this need across the nation. Lights On Afterschool is a celebration of afterschool programs nationwide. On this day, programs are encouraged to highlight their programs and the importance they make in the lives of children, families, and communities. The events send a powerful message across the United States that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs. If you are an afterschool provider, you can register your event on the Afterschool Alliance’s website. This site also provides great ideas for how to promote your program and to simply celebrate! You can also read more about Indiana statistics regarding the need for afterschool programs. Child Care Answers also supports your afterschool program needs. Feel free to contact our School-age Specialist, Jenny Mathis, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.