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Out-of-School Time Social Promotes Local After-School Initiatives

Out-of-school time supporters attend the ENRICH After School social in Midtown April 3. Left: Harris County Department of Education trustees Diane Trautman, Erica Lee Carter and Debra Kerner with Houston City Council Member C.O. Bradford and Cooperative for After-School Enrichment director Lisa Thompson Caruthers.

Local after-school proponents networked at the Out-of-School Time Social April 3 in Midtown. ENRICH After School (Evaluating the Out-of-School Time Needs, Resources and Initiatives in the Community of Houston) brings the out-of-school time community together with stakeholders to discuss needs of youth in after-school programs. ENRICH leaders celebrated research and awareness-raising accomplishments of the new organization. Supporters are now meeting with local elected officials to discuss the importance of funding after-school programs when federal and state funding sources are waning.

Sponsors of the event included LTS Education Systems, Proof Rooftop Lounge, ThomasKelley Software Associates, Afterschool to Achieve, and the South East Texas Afterschool Association. ENRICH supporters are Harris County Department of Education, the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment, Houston Endowment and the Education Foundation of Harris County.

For more information about ENRICH:  www.afterschoolzone.org  .

 

About HCDE:  Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 25 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, Early Childhood Intervention and Head Start programs. We offer purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support. Since 1889, our services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public. Visit us at www.hcde-texas.org .

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