Rural communities face many unique challenges when it comes to caring for their children. From transportation to lack of community resources to hunger, there are very specific needs that must be considered by organizations serving children in rural America.
Rep. Hare (D-IL) speaks about the importance of rural afterschool programs at the April 2009 Afterschool for All Challenge
Afterschool programs are uniquely positioned to meet the needs of young people in rural communities, offering a safe, enriching place, meals and caring adults. But currently it is difficult for rural programs to piece together enough funding to meet the vast need for programs. That’s why the Afterschool Alliance, along with 78 local, state and national organizations, is working with Congress to create a funding stream specifically for afterschool programs in rural communities.
Introduced by Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), in the Senate and Representatives Hare (D-IL) and Luetkemeyer (R-MO) in the House, the Investment in Afterschool Programs Act, will enhance afterschool programs in rural communities across the United States. View a one page fact sheet on the bill.
Jodi Grant, Executive Director for the Afterschool Alliance: “One-fifth of the nation’s children attend public schools in rural communities – areas that persistently have the highest poverty rates, and where children often face social isolation, lack of positive role models and scarce opportunities. Afterschool programs are vitally important because they create opportunities that help children in rural communities realize their full potential. We strongly support this legislation, and thank Senator Lincoln for championing it."
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