Weekly Media Roundup: April 12, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: April 12, 2023

Schools Used ESSER Funds for After-School Programs. What Happens When the Money Runs Out? Education Week

With the assistance of ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding, afterschool and summer programs throughout the country were able to expand and serve a greater number of students during the pandemic. But the federal COVID relief funding will expire in September 2024, and programs are faced with finding new funding streams to sustain their programs. Nikki Gillani of ACT Now Illinois acknowledges the importance of community-based partnerships to maintain successful, long-term programming. “Partnering is really the most sustainable way of moving forward because you’re not losing those opportunities once ESSER funding runs out. That organization will still be there and those opportunities will still be there,” Gillani told Education Week. Programs also plan to explore other potential funding opportunities through various federal and state education agencies, and advocates are calling on local, state and federal leaders to expand funding for afterschool.

Career and Technical Education Needs a Mental Health Revolution, Chalkbeat

Recognizing the need to offer a comprehensive high school afterschool program, occupational therapist Michele Morgan launched the Scratch the Surface program six years ago with Warren Woods Public Schools in Warren, Michigan. The afterschool program offers vocational training and art programming designed to build crucial social and emotional learning skills for at-risk students. In a recent guest column in Chalkbeat, Morgan writes: “Through the power of mindfulness, my students have learned to process their feelings in a constructive way at school. This has allowed them to refocus on developing job skills and preparing for career success.”

Can After-School Programs Help Children Recover From the Pandemic?, EdSurge

Free mental health counseling at After School Matters in Chicago and youth public speaking competitions at Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit are just two of the innovative ways afterschool programs across the country are helping students re-engage and recover from the pandemic. Afterschool programs provide “an opportunity to have healthy relationships with peers and caring adults and mentors. And so much of that was lost during the pandemic, as well as the academic piece,” Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant told EdSurge. But research shows unmet demand for afterschool has soared. In response, the U.S. Department of Education launched the Engage Every Student Initiative to encourage school districts and states to partner with community-based organizations and invest funds from the American Rescue Plan in afterschool.

How a Lack of After-School Care Defined a Single Father’s Life, Voice of San Diego (California)

Jared Goossens spent a year on a waitlist trying to secure a spot in an afterschool program for his 7-year-old. Without after school care, he lost his job in construction, had to turn down a job offer from the United States Postal Service, and struggled to make ends meet by delivering food part-time. Finally, an increase in state funding enabled his son’s school district to significantly expand the number of slots available at the PrimeTime afterschool program. “It wasn’t just Jared, that got off the waiting list, it was nearly 1,500 kids who now have access,” San Diego Unified School Board Vice President Shana Hazan told Voice of San Diego. “This reflects this systematic prioritization of providing high-quality after-school programming to all our kids who need it, and we’re continuing to do more and more of it.” Goossens told Voice of San Diego his son loves his new program. Goossens himself has accepted a job working in construction, but he feels more investment is needed to ensure others don’t face the challenges he did.

Weekly Media Roundup: May 15, 2024

This Affordable Housing Project Wasn’t Going to Happen – And Then an Unlikely Partnership Formed, Fast Company By teaming up with a new affordable housing development, the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle in New York doubled the size of its facility to 22,000 feet. The new...

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 8, 2024

After-School Programs Expect to Scale Down with Pandemic Aid Ending, K-12 Dive In a new Afterschool Alliance survey of more than 8,800 afterschool programs, about 4 out of 5 providers said they were concerned about children in their communities who need afterschool not having it, and the vast...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/08/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 1, 2024

A Clovis Mother Identifies a Critical Need: More After-School Child Care, The Fresno Bee (California) In a recent guest column for the Fresno Bee, Noha Elbaz shared how post-pandemic staffing shortages at afterschool programs have impacted her family. Before COVID, her family benefited from...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/01/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 24, 2024

Nonprofit Gives Penn Hills Kids a Safe Place to Gather After School, KDKA News (Pennsylvania) At the Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens afterschool program in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, students conduct science experiments, play indoor and outdoor sports, and are paired with adult mentors who...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 17, 2024

The CARE Center Collecting Snacks, Books for Upcoming Summer Learning Program, WHNT (Alabama) In preparation for its summer learning program, the CARE Center in Huntsville, Alabama is hosting a food and book drive so each of the 300 students participating in its summer program will receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 10, 2024

Detroit Kids Dance Through School Work at After-School Program, CBS News Detroit (Michigan) At the Let’s Dance afterschool program at Detroit’s Dufree Innovation Society, students work with teaching artists on dance routines with academic concepts built in. Afterward, the same...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/11/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 3, 2024

At IPS School 43, Teaching Kids to Read is a Community Effort, WISH-TV (Indiana) At the Martin Luther King Community Center’s afterschool program in Indianapolis, Indiana, elementary school students are paired with mentors who encourage them to read through a variety of engaging...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 27, 2024

The Opp Helps Mr. Calloway’s Students Thrive, Tulsa Kids (Oklahoma) Thanks to support from The Opportunity Project, students at the Culinary Arts afterschool program at East Central Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma are practicing cooking techniques while also learning about budgeting and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/27/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024

Matthew McConaughey and ASU Are Helping an Arizona School District. Here's How, Arizona Republic (Arizona) Matthew McConaughey and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to help a Phoenix-area school district apply for federal afterschool funding included in the Bipartisan Safer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/20/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

English Learners Stopped Coming to Class During the Pandemic. One Group is Tackling the Problem By Helping Their Parents, Hechinger Report In North Carolina, nearly one third of English language learning students were chronically absent last year, a rate significantly higher than the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24