A group of state lawmakers has come together to conduct an analysis of the quantity and quality of Missouri’s after-school programs. Senator Anita Yeckel of St. Louis, Co-Chairman of the Joint Interim Committee on After-School Programs, says many youngsters don’t have opportunities that might have been available in years gone by, so they watch television. The Committee will hold a series of public meetings before the end of the year and issue a report prior to the start of the next legislative session. Yeckel believes new programs can be created and older programs improved with federal dollars and with money from public-private partnerships.