Surviving the Sequester: The Impact on After-School Programs

 

Boys and Girls Club "Kids in Crisis" http://bit.ly/19iXOHe

Boys and Girls Club “Kids in Crisis” http://bit.ly/19iXOHe

The School Superintendents Association released a report on Tuesday titled, “Surviving Sequester Round One: Schools Detail Impact of Sequester Cuts.”  After surveying the nation’s school districts about how they will deal with cuts from the sequester, the report found:

24% of schools will reduce after-school and Saturday programs

22% will eliminate summer school programs completely

Years of research and studies have proven the effectiveness of after-school and summer programs at increasing a child’s success, supporting our families, and strengthening our communities.

Afterschool Alliance "The Importance of Afterschool and Summer Programs" http://bit.ly/15uIeoG

Afterschool Alliance “The Importance of Afterschool and Summer Programs” http://bit.ly/15uIeoG

In July 2013, one of our members, Afterschool Alliance, released a report titled, “The Importance of Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs in African-American and Latino Communities”  where they focused on the benefits, but also the challenges, these communities already face in participating and benefiting from these programs.

Afterschool Alliance "The Importance of Afterschool and Summer Programs" http://bit.ly/15uIeoG

Afterschool Alliance “The Importance of Afterschool and Summer Programs” http://bit.ly/15uIeoG

As the sequester looms in the background, many families are facing the real possibility that their programs will be reduced, or eliminated all together. Now is the time to strengthen our resolve to fight for programs that are vital to our families, our children, and our communities.

  1. Read the School Superintendents Association‘s report here.
  2. Read Afterschool Alliance‘s report here.
  3. Read the Boys and Girls Club‘s “Kids in Crisis” fact page here.
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