capitolHOST Coalition members: Please consider signing your organization to our letter to obtain Congressional appropriations leadership in support of funding for programs that help out-of-school-time programs provide healthy eating and physical activity to students.


The HOST Coalition Policy Working Group drafted the letter because in a challenging federal appropriations climate we need to send a strong, unified message to Congress in support of the federal policies and programs that are leveraged by local afterschool, before-school and summer learning programs. The letter urges Appropriations Committee leadership to maintain or increase federal funding for several programs that promote a healthy childhood weight for our nation’s children through support of before-school, afterschool, and summer learning programs focused on healthy eating and physical activity. We are asking for national or state organizations to sign the letter in order to demonstrate broad support for healthy out of school time programs. Individuals will not be listed on the letter.


Read the full letter and sign it here. Closing date for signatures is Friday, June 16nd by 5pm.


    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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