This spring, we’re leading a call to action to increase access to high quality afterschool and summer learning programs, statewide.
Why? Rhode Island, unlike other states, does not have a dedicated state funding stream specific to these programs. Local programs run, in part, on private donations, including $1.3 million from United Way donors. Federal funding also supports afterschool and summer learning – and that funding is at risk. If federal funding is cut – which has twice been proposed, nearly 6,000 local children could lose their programs.
What’s So Special About Afterschool and Summer Learning?
- When children regularly attend afterschool and summer learning programs – also known as Out of School Time Learning – the link to future success is well documented. Students show gains in confidence and attendance, as well as improvement in academics and classroom behavior.
- Afterschool and summer learning programs give working parents peace of mind too, knowing that their children are engaged and safe.
- Businesses benefit as well: when working families’ needs are met, businesses can find and hire the local workforce they need.
Join Us — Ways to Help
We support House Bill 7413 by Representative Julie Casimiro and Senate Bill 2347 by Senator Adam Satchell to create a permanent joint commission to improve and increase the number of quality afterschool and summer learning programs for Rhode Island’s working families. Senate Bill 2347 was passed by the Senate with a vote of 33-0 on May 2, 2018. House Bill 7413 has not yet come to the floor for a vote.
Share your thoughts with your representatives: visit our public policy page and find a link to locate your elected officials, here.
Join us at the Statehouse on May 24, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Led by our Afterschool Leadership Circle, we’ll be advocating for out-of-school-time programs.
*Information provided by data from 21st Century Community Learning Center*