In November, Congress passed a new set of guidelines for use of federal funds provided to the states through the Child Care and Development Block Grant. This was the first reauthorization in eighteen years of this important source of funding for child care for eligible school age youth, up to age 13. The changes in this reauthorization include creating an annual eligibility category for eligible children, more flexible policies governing reimbursements during unforeseen absences and increased investment in program quality. These changes have the potential to support the development of new funding in Nebraska that will allow more high poverty youth to participate in high quality out of school time programs.
The impact of these changes on the afterschool and summer programs serving school-aged youth are summarized in this blog from the Afterschool Alliance.
We encourage all Nebraska school-age ELO providers to look at these changes and see if your afterschool program can utilize this important Federal funding stream to provide more low income youth with access to your important programs.