This year’s budget includes $35 million in new afterschool funding!
The program, called the Empire State After-School Program, will expand afterschool programs in school districts that are:
located in municipalities participating in the empire state poverty reduction initiative
located in counties or school districts with a child poverty rate greater than 30%
located in a school district with a child poverty count greater than 5,000 but less than 20,000, as determined by the 2015 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates produced by the United States Census Bureau.*School districts, or school districts in collaboration with community-based organizations, will be eligible to apply for grants to serve students at a per-student allotment of $1,600.
Other funding updates for afterschool, community schools, and child care:
Advantage After School saw a $2.5 million reduction from last year’s Enacted Budget; this year, Advantage After School is funded at $19.8 million.
Community School Aid saw a $50 million increase to the FY16-17 Enacted Budget; this year, Community School Aid is funded at $150 million.
Technical Assistance Center Funding for community schools was also included in this year’s budget. The funding of $1.2 million will establish 3 regional centers run by nonprofits with expertise in community schools to provide aid to school districts creating/operating community schools.
Child Care Subsidies were cut by $7 million over last year’s budget; this year, Child Care Subsidies received $799 million in funding.
The full budget analysis of the 2017-18 State Budget can be found here.