Save Important Afterschool & Summer Funding in the 2018 Federal Budget
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Every weekday, thousands of children, from Omaha’s lowest income neighborhoods stay after school at a 21st Century Community Learning Center program that aims to bolster not only academic performance, but also gives working parents a safe place for their children. These afterschool programs provide children with hot meals, build social skills and foster relationships with positive caring adults.
The Trump administration released its detailed 2018 budget. Disappointingly, the proposed budget includes the elimination of $1 billion in grant funds to support afterschool and summer programs for low income children.
In Omaha, this impacts more than 7,000 students and translates to $1.3 million dollars for 30 afterschool programs during 2018.
If federal funding for afterschool programming is eliminated in Omaha, it will cripple the existing infrastructure of afterschool programs that is already in place. An infrastructure that has been in the making for nearly 10 years.
Reducing federal funding will take away affordable childcare options for Omaha's working parents. Students will go home without a hot meal--as programs will no longer provide it. Eliminating funding will also impact school day attendance, decrease homework completion, and engagement in learning.
Simply stated, the proposed federal budget is bad news for Omaha's lowest income children and their working parents.
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