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