COVID-19 has changed virtually every facet of life, bringing to light the necessary changes needed to build stronger, more resilient communities. Afterschool and summer learning programs have historically addressed key community priorities such as public safety, mental wellness and health, college and career exploration and readiness, along with opportunities to connect with caring adults and mentors. During the pandemic, these programs have been even more of a lifeline.

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan marking a significant investment in the supports and services that will be critical in the country’s recovery – including afterschool and summer learning programs.

Our April 6, 2021, experts from the National League of Cities and the Afterschool Alliance presented updates on American Rescue Plan funding breakdowns, implementation, and considerations for supporting youth and families this school year and beyond.