McGreevey marks opening day of 'New Jersey After Three' at Clifton school
Governor Jim McGreevey (D-NJ) marked the opening day of New Jersey After Three at a school in Clifton Monday.
The new program was created to help thousands of New Jersey families find after-school care for their children free of charge. The non-profit partnership with the state gives grants to existing after-school programs, which makes it possible for more kids to join. In order to receive the grants, each group must be non-profit and work with a local school.
Many parents are relieved their children have places to go after school where they can grow and learn. One employee at the Boys and Girls Club in Clifton says without the grant, her program would not be able to function.
The first wave of funding will help 4,200 kids join after-school programs. Officials say the next phase could triple that total. The money comes from the state and fundraising. Approximately 21 different groups from all across the state have been selected for the grants.