Sign-on Letter to Congress Highlights MI Priorities
Out-of-School Time (OST) programs are essential to Michigan and America’s recovery. To bring the case to members of Congress as they decide funding priorities, the Michigan After-School Partnership's Policy Committee is urging OST partners in Michigan to sign on to a joint letter to members of the U.S. Senate and House.
The letter raises up priorities for 21st Century Community Learning Center programs, nonprofit aid, K-12 support and state government aide.
Read it here.
The document will be shared this week with the state's entire federal delegation.
Due to the COVID crisis, additional federal funding will be needed to help programs operate safely and cover the costs of lower staff ratios, longer hours, and enhanced cleaning protocols and equipment. The Afterschool Alliance reports that without without support from state and local government, 3 in 4 programs nationwide are in jeopardy of closing permanently or laying off staff.