Senate Panel Preserves Afterschool Funding

A Senate panel restored funding for federal after school programs in a reauthorization bill for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The dedicated funding for afterschool and summer programs was initially was not included in its proposed reauthorization.

The Senate HELP committee voted to amend the reauthorization bill to include funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Across the country, about 1.6 million students participate in programs funded by community center grants. The programs offer tutoring, physical activities and hands-on enrichment opportunities in areas such as science, technology and the arts.

To qualify for the grants, providers must offer expanded day programs that total at least 300 hours over the course of a school year. The initial House version of the reauthorization bill also eliminated funding for after school programs, but it was withdrawn.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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