The following was submitted by the office of state Senator Katherine Clark:
Senator Katherine Clark addressed hundreds of participants at the 2011 meeting of the Mott Foundation’s National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks in Boston Feb. 1. Senator Clark was invited to speak from the educational perspective of state government. She spoke alongside policy experts to talk about the future of afterschool and education policy.
“I was honored to be invited to participate in this conference alongside many inspiring experts in the education field,” said Senator Clark “This was an amazing opportunity to share and exchange policy and field experiences to utilize on behalf of the children in the Commonwealth and throughout the country.”
Senator Clark joined a panel to discuss how communities, states, and the country can work together in difficult financial times to advance afterschool and extended learning opportunities for our children. She spoke about the innovative afterschool pilot programs in the Commonwealth and addressed ensuring quality programs during difficult state budgets.
The conference was sponsored by the nationally recognized C.S. Mott Foundation, which has been a supporter of community education for the past 80 years. Participants included representatives from state agencies, elected officials, education leaders, afterschool providers and advocates, philanthropic foundation leaders, and business and corporate leaders.
Statewide Afterschool Networks is funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation. They work to connect decision makers and resources to foster systems and policies that sustain quality school-based or school linked afterschool programs and improve outcomes for young people. The long term goal is for networks to provide intentional and meaningful bridges between leaders of schools, communities and families in order to better support student learning and lifelong learning opportunities.