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by School's Out Washington | | Posted under advocacy, Policy & Legislation

New Federal Funding and Summer 2020

Congress passed the CARES Act, which includes $57m for child care, over $50m for education supports at the Governor's discretion, and over $220m in direct supports to school districts in Washington state. Expanded learning and school-age child care programs are eligible for all of these funds. 

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is working to best utilize these dollars for child care for children ages birth through 12. We have heard an announcement about the utilization of these funds is coming this week. K12 district funds will be allocated to school districts by the same formula that Title I (A) uses, which is based on the number of kids that qualify for free and reduced meals in a given district. There is a broad list of potential uses for funding by the federal government. 

We are working with OSPI to provide guidance and best practices for working with expanded learning and other youth development organizations to support kids, especially this summer. Youth development activities and working with non-profits is permitted and, this summer perhaps more than ever, we will need strong summer learning and engagement programs for children across the age-span as well as potential increased need for full-day child care. Additionally, we are asking OSPI to strongly encourage districts to work with their staff and unions to keep school buildings open for summer programs and meals with cleaning provided.

Please continue to join our weekly webinars, read these emails, and check out the OSPI COVID webpage for more information.  


School-Age Child Care

As we have stated on webinars, there are many emergency licensing exemptions being granted to open providers and part-day slots are automatically converted to full-day slots. Things change on a weekly basis, so please continue to reach out to your local DCYF office with questions and check out the DCYF COVID webpage. Additionally, SOWA is working with DCYF and Child Care Aware on program openings and closings as well as working on supply chains. Licensing and subsidy issues continue to evolve and we will be updated on our weekly webinars and through these emails. 


Potential Special Session and Regular Session 2021

School's Out Washington is working with the Youth Development Strategy Table to develop a Youth Protection Program, which will be a coordinated strategy to support youth development providers (expanded learning, mentoring, wrap-around supports) and fight cuts to critical funding. We have already begun meeting with legislators and are developing a legislative plan. 

In addition, we are working with Washington Non-Profits on federal advocacy to push for more funding to help non-profits survive this health and economic crisis. It will take all levels of government to ensure that providers have what they need to serve our children and youth.


Support Advocacy!

First off, be sure to fill out the survey on openings/closings and program needs. This will be critical as we request funding and buffer against cuts. Second, join our weekly webinars and read these emails for any action needed. Share your stories - both negative and positive with us, with the media, and with your family and district partners. If you really want to get involved, join the Youth Development Strategy Table - Legislative Committee.

For more information about any of these, please contact David Beard

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