Imagine nearly 10,000 kids suddenly having nowhere to go after school.
Right now, these kids have a safe, supportive environment where they spend the hours between 3 and 6 p.m. – a place where they can continue learning, in their own way, at their own pace, outside the classroom; where can they freely explore their interests, from dance to chess to math to music; where they get a hot meal and where their parents don’t have to worry.
Under proposed federal budget cuts, all this disappears. These kids have nowhere to go and their parents may have to choose between going to work or staying home with them.
Nearly 10,000 children in New Mexico participate in after-school programs funded by a federal program called 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
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