Weekly Media Roundup: May 1, 2024


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 comprehensive out-of-school time programming offered by the Clovis Unified School District. “Post-pandemic, it’s been a different story. There are fewer locations, fewer spots in each location, four days a week instead of five for the limited summer weeks, more scheduled days off, and higher prices,” Elbaz writes. She advocates for higher wages for afterschool providers so districts can recruit and retain the staff needed to provide quality programs for all students.

Cities and Schools See New Opportunities to Partner on Child Care With State Grants, South Dakota Searchlight

Across South Dakota, 13 communities are receiving $3.7 million from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to increase access to quality, affordable child care. In rural Gregory County, which didn’t previously have any licensed afterschool programs, the funding will enable child care providers to partner with school campuses to provide afterschool programming for up to 90 students. “I don’t think families here understand how much they’ve rearranged their lives to accommodate the lack of after-school care,” Burke Business Promotion Council President Kelsea Sutton told the South Dakota Searchlight. “Whether that’s a grandparent reducing their work hours to take care of their grandkids after school, a parent doing that, or even a family making not the best or safest decision so they can have a full work day.”

Liberty City After-School Activity Center Changes Lives of Those They Serve, CBS News Miami (Florida)

In response to its community’s needs, the Multi-Ethnic Youth Group Association (MEYGA) Learning Center in Liberty City, Florida, has expanded its afterschool program to include remedial learning opportunities for students struggling in a traditional school setting. “To have a person, a mentor, that looks like you, that comes from the community and knows the struggle, it makes everything a little bit different,” MEYGA Learning Center founder and longtime Liberty City resident Samantha Quarterman told CBS News Miami. MEYGA provides financial, educational, and family support services to Liberty City residents in need.

Kids Klub Staff Recognizes After School Professionals Week, KNOP (Nebraska)

In honor of Afterschool Professionals Week, Kids Klub Director Carrie Lienemann is celebrating the organization’s staff at its seven 21st Century Community Learning Centers. “Twenty-two years ago, before I worked here, people had a vision and there were 21st Century federal grants that had become available to start after school programs. Nobody really knew what that was and so we started with a little grant. We were in four elementary schools and we have just grown since then,” Lienemann told KNOP. Kids Klub currently works with 32 community partners to offer engaging activities that focus on education, fitness, and nutrition.

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