Advocates rally to stop closure of BK, city after-school programs

Parents rallied at City Hall Thursday against a shift in NYC?s after-school programs that could leave thousands of Brooklyn children looking for a new way

CITY HALL - Parents rallied at City Hall Thursday against a shift in NYC?s after-school programs that could leave thousands of Brooklyn children looking for a new way to pass the time.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg?s (R-NYC) administration plans to dismantle the current program run by the Administration for Children?s Services, causing 108 Brooklyn after-school programs to close. The city is switching to a new plan, funded by the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).

Parents United for Quality Day Care says under the DYCD plan, many children under 12 will no longer be escorted from school to day care centers. Advocates also say hot meals will be cut and children may be supervised by untrained professionals.

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