CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Council for Children's Rights is taking on a new assignment. The organization is now helping students get access to good quality after school and summer programs.
"If kids aren't in a good quality program," The Council for Children's Rights Executive Director Brett Loftis said. "That they are home unmonitored or out getting into trouble. We want kids to have every opportunity to be successful."
The group is taking on this project because the organization that used to head up this effort is no more.
The Council for Children's Rights has plans to ensure all students will be offered a spot in a good program.
It wants to set up one stop shopping for parents. They will provide a place where parents can go to check out all the programs in the area. The group is also making sure there are measures in place so parents can determine if the program is of high quality and the organization will try to locate enough money so no child will be left behind.
"It's really got to be about funding," Loftis said. "This a responsibility of public and the private sector."
Right now there are thousands of students in Mecklenburg county whose families can't afford the after school or summer programs or there is no room in the program. They are placed on a waiting list. Loftis says that is unfortunate and can be bad for the student.
"If a child is losing two months of progress every summer," Loftis said. "That adds up."
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