The 18th annual Lights On Afterschool will be celebrated on Thursday, October 26. Lights On Afterschool is a nationwide event organized to raise awareness of the importance of afterschool to children and families across the United States. Almost half of all children supported through CCDF government assistance are school age (5 through 12 years old). Affordable, quality afterschool programs keep them safe and support school success. The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) joins with the Afterschool Alliance and providers around the country in shining a light on the value of afterschool.