Educational Institutions

START SCHOOL LATER INC

Quick Facts

aka Healthy Hours

Annapolis, MD

Mission

Start School Later is a coalition of health professionals, sleep scientists, educators, parents, students, and other concerned citizens dedicated to increasing public awareness about the relationship between sleep and school hours and to ensuring school start times compatible with health, safety, education, and equity.

Ruling Year

2014

Principal Officer

Terra Ziporyn Snider

Main Address

PO Box 6105

Annapolis, MD 21401 USA

Keywords

public health policy, sleep health, teen sleep, education reform, sleep research, safety, equity

EIN

46-0922466

 Number

4128746508

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (G01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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Documentary

Sleep 101 Sleep Health Education Program

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Mission
We are a coalition of health professionals, sleep scientists, educators, parents, students, and other concerned citizens dedicated to increasing public awareness about the relationship between sleep and school hours and to ensuring school start times compatible with health, safety, education, and equity.

Goals
Our primary goals include:

(1) Collaborating with health professionals, sleep scientists, educators, parents, students, and other concerned citizens dedicated to increasing public awareness about the relationship between sleep and school hours and to ensuring school start times compatible with health, safety, education, and equity.

(2) Educating the public about the relationship between sleep, school start times, and physical, psychological, and educational well-being, utilizing education awareness forums, professional networking, symposiums, teaching presentations and social media outreach

(3) Providing resources, support and guidance to local communities working for later school start times

(4) Serving as an information clearinghouse by collecting and consolidating information and data about school start times and efforts to change them

(5) Advocating for legislation to ensure evidence-based school hours at the national, state and local levels

We are utilizing a multi-pronged approach to educate, advocate for school start times in the following areas simultaneously:
* national level guidance
* state level legislation
* local level advocacy, education and assistance with implementation

Changing the school start time requires inclusion and buy in from all the community stakeholders for a good implementation. Because of competing and conflicting interests and shrinking budgets, most local school districts are hardpressed to make change. State legislation is critical to gain widespread familiarity with the issue of school start times.

On the national level, we have a responsibility to ensure that children are going to school at a safe time. Federal legislation can serve to provide guidance for all school systems in the United States and beyond.

We have an expanded network of supporters in local chapters in 16 states.
We also have a presence on social media outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, which has been useful in spreading the word to sleep researchers, media contacts, school systems and concerned parents.

Morever, we have a growing media network and media journalists have

According to the CDC, 5 out of 6 schools throughout the US still start at unsafe times. The increase in legislation and the explosion of 45 local chapters in a short time, is a testament to our reach and the service we provide to lay parents, researchers, sleep professionals and anyone else interested in pursues health.

We have expanded our local chapter network to reach more communities.

We have embarked on a future goal of distributing a film to describe and discuss the Start School Later movement.

We have not been able to compensate the dedicated servants that have worked tirelessly to engage others in the goal to achieve healthy school start times.

Four 4 schools have shifted to improved school times on our watch.

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