Omaha Public Radio News
9:44 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Omaha named one of top 27 cities for afterschool programs

Omaha, NE – A National League of Cities report names Omaha as one of the top 27 cities in the U.S. for afterschool programs.

The League's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families released the report last week. It looked at how citywide afterschool programs are funded, the quality of those programs, and participation.

Barb Farho, Education Initiatives Director for Mayor Jim Suttle's office, says more afterschool programs are needed, particularly during the hours of 3 and 6 PM.

Farho says afterschool programs improve students' performance in the classroom. She says the programs also help deter crime and teach young people skills they'll need in the workforce.

The report is available at www.nlc.org.