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Weekly Media Roundup: February 14, 2024

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Weekly Media Roundup: February 14, 2024

Viewpoint: Invest in Out-of-School Programs to Help Solve State’s Educational Challenges, South Bend Tribune (Indiana)

Indiana lawmakers are considering continuing the state’s pandemic-era investments in out-of-school time learning, including afterschool and summer learning programs. Those investments have allowed the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County to expand 30 sites. Continuing the investment “would dramatically improve our state’s academic outcomes and bolster the life trajectories for thousands of students,” Jacqueline Kronk, Club CEO, writes in the South Bend Tribune. “For too many students from low-income households, non-school hours are spent at home, unsupervised. Indiana has a rare chance to close gaps in access to programs that have proven to be life-changing and make headway against the stubborn challenge of educational inequity.”

$100 Million in Grants Now Available for After-School Programs Statewide, WXHC (New York)

On Monday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that $100 million in Learning and Enrichment After-School Program Supports (LEAPS) grants will be awarded to afterschool programs this spring, an increase of $17.7 million from last year. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, many children and youth were disconnected from afterschool programming and lost out on this critical means to receive academic support and build stronger social connections,” Governor Hochul said. “This funding will give young people another safe space to grow and express themselves and assure parents that their child’s learning and development isn’t confined to school hours.”

Cleveland After School Programs Face Budget Cuts, Spectrum 1 (Ohio)

With the Cleveland Metropolitan School District predicting a multi-million dollar deficit, afterschool providers are concerned that the impending budget cuts will affect their ability to serve students and  families who rely on them. David Smith, executive director of Horizon Education Centers, which operates five after-school programs in collaboration with school district, said more than 90 after-school programs, including his, are in danger of losing funding from the school district. “We want to make sure we sustain our programs, all 93 programs into next school year,” Smith said. “The afterschool programs are at risk of discontinuation due to the lack of funds after the ARPA and COVID relief dollars expire.”

Arlington Parents Seek $2M for Afterschool Programs After Fatal Suspected Fentanyl Overdoses, NBC 4 (Washington, D.C.)

In response to the rise in youth fentanyl overdoses in Arlington, Virginia, community organizations and concerned parents are asking county leaders to include $2 million for afterschool programs in next year’s budget. “They want their kids to be in programs and not in the streets or being alone at home,” Janeth Valenzuela, founder of the Arlington Schools Hispanic Parents Association, told NBC 4. “It’s investment of life, investment of the future of our children.” The proposal would fund afterschool programs in local middle and high schools.

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/15/24

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