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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools


FROM:             J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner


DATE:             August 30th, 2002


SUBJECT:        After School Programs Conference:  September 24th, 2002



Over the past 5 years there has been a national surge to promote and support the development of after school programs. Research is showing the link between these programs and improving student learning, physical and emotional development, safe and stimulating environments and much needed child care for children of working parents. Though Maine has dedicated resources toward developing and sustaining after school programs, we still face common challenges such as ensuring high quality programs, securing funding resources, and fostering partnerships at all levels to share knowledge and best practices.


In a collaborative effort to create more after school programs, increase program quality and move toward long-term sustainability, Department of Human Services Commissioner Kevin Concannon and I are inviting you to attend Creating Quality After School Programs Together: A Conference for Community/School Leaders. At the conference you will:


q       Hear from national leaders representing U. S. Department of Education, The Afterschool Alliance, and the National Institute on Out-of-School Time.

q       Receive information from State agencies on funding sources for after school programs.

q       Gain valuable information regarding building partnerships, addressing facility and transportation issues and developing programs to address health and education needs of students.


Attached is information regarding the conference; please note there is limited space for attendees. In an attempt to be sure there is equal opportunity for those who want the information, we will be videotaping the conference sessions and re-broadcasting them in October over the State’s ITV system. 


The contributions of educators and health care providers help safeguard our children’s present well-being and prepares them for productive, responsible, and fulfilling futures.  Your efforts make a difference.  Commissioner Concannon and I both thank you and your staff for continuing to meet this challenge.