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ERIC Number: ED536858
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Financial Strategies to Support Citywide Systems of Out-of-School Time Programs. Strategy Guide
Russell, Lane
National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families (NJ1)
With most parents now in the workforce, the demand for high-quality out-of-school time (OST) opportunities for children and youth continues to grow across the country. An estimated 14.3 million children and youth return each day to an empty home unsupervised, and with no opportunities to constructively occupy their time. By building strong, citywide OST systems, municipal leaders can help ensure that the out-of-school hours, rather than being wasted, equip young people with the 21st century skills necessary to compete in today's knowledge and skill-based global economy. This strategy guide highlights the important roles that municipal officials play in funding high-quality, affordable OST opportunities. The four funding strategies identified above have been used in cities across the nation to develop and expand sustainable citywide OST systems. When used together, these strategies can form a web of financial support that significantly strengthens the OST options available for young people. The need for innovative financing has become even more relevant as tough budget times force cities to think strategically and systemically about supporting the OST options available in their communities. This guide offers concrete examples for each strategy to highlight how cities have developed creative financing options to support and expand OST opportunities. A list of additional resources is included. (Contains 10 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Wallace Foundation
Authoring Institution: National League of Cities (NLC), Institute for Youth, Education and Families