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Dear Assemblymember/Senator _______,
Amid COVID-19, children, parents, and guardians are counting on effective support from afterschool programs to adapt – school-age children need safe, supervised care, and working families should have a peace of mind knowing that their children are cared for. I am reaching out to urge you to ensure that afterschool programs have all the support they need to adapt and best serve their communities especially at this time.
Please ensure that you:
- Protect funding for Advantage After School ($33 million), Empire State After-School Programs ($55 million), Extended School Day and School Violence Prevention ($24.3 million), and Youth Development Program ($15.6 million) in 2021.
- Help afterschool programs respond adequately to New York’s family needs by directing $250,000 to the state afterschool network to sustain the mobilization and coordination of high-quality expanded learning programs
- Include budget language that provides flexibility for programs to adapt in times of an emergency and;
- Dedicate a percentage of new revenue streams to increase access to affordable high-quality afterschool, summer, and expanded learning programs.
As an afterschool [professional/supporter/advocate], providing flexibility and support for afterschool programs is more important than ever because school-aged children are facing unprecedented learning loss due to COVID-19 complications.
Approximately 80,000 students across every region of the State benefit from high quality, state funded afterschool care every year. These programs need to know that they can continue to provide essential services for children and families with flexibility. They need to know that funding will be maintained and supported as they adapt their programs to keep their participants, families, and staff safe.
I hope that you will join this effort to support families and afterschool programs in the district.