After School Programme Funding Soars Since Launch of Public-Private Initiative in New York City
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Ten years after the launch of a programme to encourage the creation of sustainable public funding streams for after-school programmes, every level of government has dramatically increased public funding for comprehensive after-school programmes in New York City, as examined in this report by the Institute for Education and Social Policy.
This report, IESP Policy Brief: Public Funding for Comprehensive After-School Programs, 1998-2008, examines the success of a public-private initiative to enhance the quality, sustainability and availability of comprehensive after-school programs by measuring the scope of growth in public funding for after-school programs in New York City over the course of the decade since the grant was made.
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The authors of this policy brief document that in the decade since the Open Society Institute awarded a challenge grant to TASC to encourage the creation of sustainable public funding streams for after-school programs, every level of government has dramatically increased public funding for comprehensive after-school programs in New York City.
The authors note that the City of New York has contributed an increasingly larger share of public support since the city launched its Out-of-School Time Initiative to provide kids with academic, cultural and recreational activities after school and during summers. The authors estimate that eight times more kids in kindergarten through high school attend after-school programs today than in 1998. “Over the past ten years in New York City,” they conclude, “public support for after-school programs has become one of the foundations of service for children and youth.”
As TASC marks the tenth anniversary of our founding this year, New York faces tough economic times. Families in distress and parents who need to keep their jobs must know their after-school programs will be there. At TASC, we’re reaching out to find new partners and resources to sustain New York’s groundbreaking system. We’re facing head on the challenge of making smart use of every public and private dollar that supports, educates and inspires New York kids through after-school learning.