Gov. Tom Wolf visited the child care center at PSECU headquarters in Harrisburg to announce $53 million in additional financial support for child care providers who have suffered during COVID-19.

The city’s Office of Children and Families, which funds Sunrise and other out-of-school time providers, said that 67 elementary and middle school camps typically operate out of district buildings each summer, but will not this year, affecting 3,486 children. Many have shifted to online operations, an option the providers acknowledge does not work for many families.

The five-week Power Scholars program provides children entering first through sixth grade with rigorous academic instruction in reading and math, while also fostering physical, social and emotional growth. In light of COVID-19, the program will run virtually this year.

In the fall, students and their families will face not only the familiar problems but also a new set of challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, The Bullhorn has anchored student voices across Philly. This fall, students will keep the District accountable, advocating for themselves and for each other. After all, our voices are stronger together.

The digital divide is proving one of the most pervasive and stubborn challenges in U.S. education, and its effects can follow students from kindergarten through college. As if that is not bad enough, the COVID-19 crisis, which forced students across the globe to learn at home while schools closed physical operations, made inequities even more apparent.

The Made In America movement continues to gain momentum with the Trump Administration’s announcement to award $12.1 million in Farm to School grants. This is the most awarded since the grant program’s inception, with 159 programs receiving funds.

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