Given the possibility that the federal government could soon approve another COVID-19 relief package, KYOSA is gearing up to make the case at the state level for directing some of the bill’s education funds (if the bill passes) towards out-of-school time programs, especially as demand for summer learning programs is likely to soar to an all-time high in 2021. One of the ways we’re doing this is by launching a new Program Spotlight Series, which focuses on communicating to policymakers and other key decision makers how out-of-school time programs are stepping up to meet the growing needs of children and families across the Commonwealth as many schools remain closed.
While KYOSA and the Afterschool Alliance have been working hard this past year to gather and present data on Kentucky’s out-of-school time landscape and how it’s been impacted by COVID-19, state and local leaders still need to hear directly from program providers and parents so they can connect these data to real-world examples.
Of particular interest are personal testimonies, stories of how children and adults have been impacted by your program (especially in response to COVID-19), unique service projects, special events, exceptional work, and awards. In addition to your story, a photograph and signed media release form are required for submission. Videos are also encouraged and much appreciated, but not required. KYOSA hopes to feature a new spotlight story each week on our website and social media pages. If your story includes any names, we will use first names only.
Click here to submit your story.