Contact Congress: COVID-19 impact on afterschool programs
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact families, youth, and the afterschool program providers who serve them. These concerns should be top of mind for Congress and the administration when determining FY21 appropriations levels and negotiating coronavirus relief legislation. Congress has already passed several bills in immediate response to the pandemic and is considering additional coronavirus response and recovery legislation that must prioritize youth. Additionally the House and Senate Appropriations Committees are preparing to pass FY21 spending bills determining education funding levels for next fiscal year. 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)
- Increase the capacity of both the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) (which also supports school-age afterschool and summer programs) and the AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA programs (as in the bipartisan CORPS Act - S. 3964).
Will you ask your members of Congress to consider these in FY21 appropriations discussions and in the next COVID-19 stimulus package? TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE, please act now and urge Congress to prioritize youth in the Coronavirus response.