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The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) provides funding for low-income families in the workforce to have access to quality, accessible child care for their children ages 0-13. The American Rescue Plan, in recognition of the important role of child care for American families, provided $39 billion of funding support for the CCDBG program. This funding comes in addition to the $5.9 billion appropriated for the program for FY 2021.

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The latest COVID-19 relief package, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, includes a huge chunk of money to benefit young people. Of that money, more than $30 billion in education funds can flow to educators and youth development professionals who work with kids after school and in the summer. The law sets up the potential for people in youth development to join forces with schools to help young people get back up to speed academically and to recover from the many other privations of the pandemic.

Based on the research-affirmed New Art and Science of Teaching framework by Dr. Robert J. Marzano and ACUE’s Effective Practice Framework©, this teacher-centered online course delivers in-depth training for remote teaching and learning strategies for secondary educators.

Between the end of classes and the beginning of dinner, were for millions of teenagers everywhere the golden hours of the day. They provided a release from the pressures of school or an escape from a stressful home. It was a time for friendship and fun. Some students spent their time hanging out aimlessly, shuffling through nearby eateries, parks and friends’ houses. But many others had more structured routines, at school clubs, on sports teams or in afterschool programs. City-funded spaces like public libraries, community centers and recreational facilities offered havens for free-form socializing. For most students reopening cannot happen soon enough. Read some of their stories.

As anticipation for a post-COVID world continues to build, it will become all that much more important to remember that the deep, pervasive inequities in our education system exposed by the pandemic will not disappear with the virus. This was the main focus of a briefing on summer learning and afterschool programs hosted by the National Summer Learning Association. As NSLA CEO Aaron Dworkin stated in his opening remarks, “When we’re talking about summer learning and afterschool learning, we’re talking about equity for all children.”

Staff and students from school districts, Cajon Valley Union School District in California and Tulsa Public Schools in Oklahoma, emphasized the importance of building and maintaining relationships during the pandemic, including those between teachers and administrators, teachers and students, staff and parents, and schools with the surrounding community. Read about their unique approaches.

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