Tools for leveraging ARP dollars

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With the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act, New Mexico has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use federal funding to dramatically affect the lives of New Mexico families by increasing access to and affordability of afterschool and summer enrichment programs in community schools over the next two years. Research shows that afterschool and summer learning programs help close the opportunity gap for students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. By 8th grade, low-income youth have 6000 fewer hours of enrichment and extracurricular activities than youth from higher income families.

Leveraging Out-of-School STEM Programming to Support Education Recovery

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The passage of the American Rescue Plan provides historic levels of funding for out-of-school time programming, with $30 billion set aside for afterschool and summer learning. While school closures in New Mexico have resulted in unfinished learning across disciplines, STEM learning has been particularly affected.

Recovering COVID-19 Learning Loss through Out-of-School Time

In order to address steep learning losses caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic and transition to virtual learning, we need to expand out-of-school time programs so that the most vulnerable students in our country can receive the education they need to get back on track. The a growing significance of the OST space in regaining the time lost in school must foreground the issue of accessibility as well, and reach the populations that need it most. Read more to learn about how investing in afterschool programs are a key to restoring learning loss and correcting widening inequities caused by COVID-19.


  
 

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