Jodi Grant & Barry D. Ford: March 13, 2019

Federal Funding for Afterschool Programs at Stake!

President Trump Expected to Announce His 2020 Budget on March 11th

Jodi Grant  Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance


Barry D. Ford  President and CEO, Council for a Strong America

The Trump administration is expected to announce the President’s FY2020 budget proposal on March 11, and the future of federal afterschool funding is at stake. There are strong indications that the administration may try to end all federal funding for afterschool and summer learning programs again this year. If that happens, afterschool programs for more than 1.7 million students will be in jeopardy

Afterschool programs keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and give working parents peace of mind. While participation in afterschool programs has increased in recent years, one in five students in the US remains unsupervised when the school day ends. Because of this, it is important that we invest in these programs, which provide homework help, mentors, meals, job and college readiness and much more.

Jodi Grant, Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance and Barry Ford, President of the Council for a Strong America, are available Wednesday March 13th to discuss the President’s budget proposal and its potential impact on students and families, the importance of afterschool programs and the ways they help students succeed in school and in life as well as how we can do our part to make sure every child can attend an afterschool program near them.

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MORE ABOUT JODI GRANT: Since 2005, Jodi Grant has been Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance, a non-profit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Jodi graduated from Yale University with honors and received her law degree from Harvard University. She currently serves on the Board of Partners for Livable Communities and is a Trustee of America’s Promise. She lives with her husband and two children in Bethesda, Maryland.

MORE ABOUT BARRY FORD: Barry Ford joined Council for a Strong America in 2015 and was named President and CEO in January 2019 after serving in the role in an acting capacity since June 2018. The Council is a national, bipartisan nonprofit that unites five organizations comprised of law enforcement leaders, retired admirals and generals, business executives, pastors, and prominent coaches and athletes who promote solutions that ensure our next generation of Americans will be citizen-ready. He brings more than 30 years of professional experience as a government official, lawyer, nonprofit executive, and political candidate to this position.

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