Active After School: Michigan's After-School Partnership Creates a Pilot Program

Addressing childhood obesity in Michigan through after-school programs

In 2004, Michigan established the Michigan After-School Partnership, a collaborative of public and private agencies aimed at promoting quality after-school programs. This project supported the partnership's efforts to integrate physical activities into after-school programs by:

  • Increasing awareness of child obesity in Michigan.
  • Disseminating best practices for incorporating physical activities into after-school programs.
  • Identifying physical activity curricula and training after-school providers in using that curricula.
  • Developing a coordinated network of after-school services.

Key Results:

  • The partnership and other agencies implemented a pilot program in 25 after-school sites to encourage physical activity.
  • The partnership convened three conferences, in 2005, 2006 and 2007, with tracks on health, safety and nutrition for both school administrators and after-school program practitioners.
  • In 2007, the Michigan legislature changed licensing rules so that after-school programs could access federal "After-School Snack/Supper Funds."