The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly impacting families, youth, and the afterschool program providers who serve them. Call on Congress now: share considerations Congress should have in mind as they debate coronavirus relief legislation today!
- $500 million immediate increase in 21st CCLC to cover programs now and to meet the increased need for summer learning and afterschool programs when activities resume to help students at risk for learning loss this spring
- Include financial recovery supports for non-profit organizations and small business afterschool providers in any congressional stimulus package
- Due to the uncertainty of whether it is safe to keep programs open, don’t penalize afterschool programs that are grant funded for being unable to serve youth in-person, for programs like 21st Century Community Learning Centers in particular
- For afterschool programs that have been able to stay open and provide extended school-age child-care services for the essential workforce, funding is needed to support these efforts
- Provide additional supports for supplies and services to keep facilities clean, safe and sanitary
Will you ask your members of Congress to include these in stimulus packages being debated? TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE: please act now and urge Congress to prioritize youth in the Coronavirus response.