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Governor Newsom of California is instilling an after-school program that will be directly inside housing developments so that families can have access to childcare.

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Governor Newsom has set a bold vision for California, which includes alleviating child poverty, preventing homelessness and strengthening affordable housing. Taking on these issues may seem overwhelming, but there is good news: an existing model in our backyard can help make progress on all three of these challenges.

It all started with a simple idea. We know that afterschool programs make a difference: kids have better school attendance, stronger social-emotional skills and graduate at higher rates. At the same time, kids who live in affordable or public housing developments are often the most vulnerable and fall through the cracks.

So, what would happen if we brought afterschool programs directly to housing developments where students live, rather than only offering them on school campuses?

What happens is programs like Lion’s Pride After School, which serves children at the Lion Creek Crossings housing development in Oakland’s Havenscourt neighborhood, near the Coliseum.

Operated by the nonprofit East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Lion’s Creek Crossings has 567 affordable one- to five-bedroom apartments for families and seniors. On site are a park and playgrounds, computer lab, employment and health resource center, early childhood programs and market with fresh produce.

Education is the pathway out of poverty — ensuring students can fully participate in our economy as adults. Afterschool programs not only lead to academic success, but also allow parents to keep working by filling a crucial childcare need. This helps create more stability for families living in affordable housing, who lack the financial reserves to weather hardships like a job loss or unexpected illness. And the program is very accessible since it’s located where families live.

Read the full article about after-school programs help vulnerable students by Jennifer Peck at EdSource