In this special blog series, United Front’s Education Community explores how reductions in state and federal funding is adversely impacting Minnesota Afterschool programs.
Part Two: Reduced Funding Pressures Afterschool Programs
Information released by the MN Dept. of Education in the spring of 2012, supports programs’ pessimistic views about funding. For the past three years, the Department has identified dependable “funding streams” accessible to Minnesota’s afterschool programs. To qualify as a “primary funding stream” the funds must be a) available on a consistent basis, not as one-time funding, b) available to more than one site on either a regional or statewide basis, and c) be of sufficient size to allow the funder to have an impact on the field (i.e., having at least $500,000 dedicated to afterschool programming annually). Read the rest of this entry →