Directors of after-school programs around the country are bracing for the worst in the face of budget cuts and closures. It's just one more way the recession is having an impact on people.
Several state governments are running out of money, and the after-school programs are often among the first to be trimmed -- a reality some have gotten used to.
Already, some Boys and Girls Club programs around the country have started cutting hours and consolidating locations in order to save money.
That could end up forcing more children to spend their afternoons home alone or hanging out on the streets. It's something that might not be avoidable at a time when parents are looking for both affordable care and extra work, which often means even more time away from home.