NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A group is being formed to promote afterschool programs in Tennessee.
United Ways of Tennessee, the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth and others held a news conference Thursday at the state Capitol in Nashville to launch the Tennessee Afterschool Network.
It will bring together policymakers, educators, parents and business leaders to advocate for and support afterschool programs.
United Ways of Tennessee matched a $225,000 grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to support the network.
United Ways of Tennessee President Mary Graham says research shows that students participating in high-quality afterschool programs have better school attendance, grades and standard test performance compared with students who do not participate in such programs.
Recent figures show nearly 300,000 Tennessee K-12 students are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.

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