The Importance of After-School Programs
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Unfortunately, funding for these programs still falls short. Almost one-half of afterschool program leaders report their budget is inadequate to meet the needs of students and families. Funding for 21st CCLC is currently $1.54 billion, less than half of the authorized $2.5 billion, and about 6 in 10 programs report a loss in funding due to the recession, with 1 in 10 reporting a significant loss that will cause cutbacks to the program or cause one or more sites to close.