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Vol 4 Issue 2
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A Short But Busy Month

February may be short, but we've packed plenty of action into every minute of it. From Capital HIll to local schools, Start School Later members have been raising awareness about sleep health and ushering in real changes to improve the lives of children and communities around the country.

We greatly appreciate your interest and support for our efforts and hope you enjoy reading about the amazing progress we've made in our few years of existence. As always, too, we'd love to hear from you about news in your community.

With gratitude,

Maribel, Terra, and the Start School Later Team


  New Chapters

Start School Later continues to expand. We welcome four new chapters for a total of 39: To join or form a chapter in your area,
click here.


Start School Later legislation is in the wind in more and more states around the nation, including Maryland, New Jersey, Maine, and Florida. See All >

Federal legislation is also in the works to request the Department of Education to study the impact of school start times of student health, safety, and learning. We'll have more details next month.

Talk of the Town - Seattle

Don't miss the upcoming Town Hall Seattle panel discussion on Monday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. on teen sleep and local efforts to start school later. The event features notable panelists, including our own Dr. Catherine Darley, director of The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine, co-chair of Start School Later Seattle and SSL Advisory Board Member.

For more details or to get tickets, click here.

Events Calendar

Our events calendar includes an upcoming local screening of the National Geographic Channel's Sleepless in America - which features the Start School Later Movement - plus other local happenings related to sleep health and school start times. .

Local Progress

Our coalition partner Parents Advocating for Later Starts (PALS) of Seattle's Northshore District have kept their School Board engaged in changing school start times.

Our new Melrose, MA chapter has already got their local board of health supporting later start times

Our Anne Arundel County, MD chapter convinced their school board to commit to change after getting unanimous support for immediate action by their county council .

Sag Harbor, NY is considering a 15-minute shift to start times, in large part, due to the advocacy of our Long Island chapter.

Unrelenting effort by our Montgomery County, MD chapter brought a decision to move middle & high school start times 20 minutes later next year - and has prompted renewed commitment by the community to continue the fight.

NSF Advocacy Update

On February 11th, Start School Later went to Washington, DC to participate in the National Sleep Foundation's Congressional Summit. There they joined sleep researchers and advocates from all over the country to bring sleep policy and the issue of later school start times to the attention of national leaders. 

New Executive Staff

We are delighted to welcome three new members to our national team:

Phyllis Payne, Implementation Director
Darrel Drobnich, Legislative Director
Debbie Moore, Chapter Leader Coordinator


Snooze or Lose

Want a copy of Dr. Helene Emsellem's Snooze...Or Lose!: 10 "No-War'" Ways to Improve Your Teen's Sleep Habits?  


Sleep 101: Can You Help?

Core to our mission of educating communities, we're embarking on an exciting new sleep education project and need your help. Read More...
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