Contact Congress: COVID-19 impact on afterschool programs
The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly impacting families, youth, and the afterschool program providers who serve them. These concerns should be top of mind for Congress and the administration when negotiating coronavirus relief legislation. Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act and is considering additional coronavirus response and recovery legislation that must prioritize youth. Your Representatives and Senators must hear from you now on how this public health crisis is affecting youth, youth-serving organizations, and your community-at-large.
There are specific policy issues we believe will help support youth and ensure out-of-school-time organizations can navigate the impact of this crisis:
- $500 million immediate increase in 21st CCLC to cover programs now and address the increased need for summer learning programs this summer and afterschool programs next fall to help students at risk for learning loss
- Include financial recovery supports for non-profit organizations and small business afterschool providers in any congressional stimulus package, including support of the WORK NOW Act (S. 3747) and the Save Organizations that Serve America Act (SOS America Act, H.R. 6408)
- 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? TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE, please act now and urge Congress to prioritize youth in the Coronavirus response.