A new report calls for more options when it comes to after school programs for Wisconsin kids. Wisconsin Council on Children and Families director Charity Eleson says the state needs to provide more after school programs, largely because nearly 71% of Wisconsin's parents are in the workforce. Eleson says that means many kids are left to fend for themselves several hours a day, if after school opportunities aren't present to help them.
The Council is calling for the state to put an extra $10 million towards providing after school programs, which could also help boost private involvement. Eleson says quality programs can improve the education level of the state, but they need to have strong support to do so. She says after school programs are also vital for keeping kids away from dangerous behavior.