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After-school programs are a lifeline for kids and parents

After-school programs are a lifeline for kids and parents

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has announced its first full budget, which calls for the elimination of federal funding for after-school and summer programs for low-income communities, known as 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

This cut would have drastic effects for working families. Federal funding for after-school programming supports 1.1 million students nationwide. An overwhelming body of evidence says that these programs help to close the opportunity gap in education, increase student academic and behavioral outcomes, and reduce school absences.

Citizen Schools Board Chair Lawrence Summers on what Citizen Schools means to him

“Of all my associations, Citizen Schools is one that is most meaningful to me”

Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus of Harvard University, has long been a champion of Citizen Schools and our students. We were so glad to have him at our WOW!NOW gala in spirit, if not in person. Larry recorded a video message for us about what Citizen Schools means to him and why he’s proud to serve as our board chair.