An estimated 15,000 kids will be shut out of after-school programs in New York State next year under Gov. David A. Paterson’s proposed spending plan, according to TASC’s analysis. The governor is proposing to reduce funding for the Advantage After School program from $26.5 million to less than $19.2 million. Some $9.8 million in state support for federally-funded 21st Century Community Learning Center (21CCLC) after-school programs would not be included in the budget next year. TASC estimates that 7,500 or more children are in danger of being shut out of after-school programs due to cuts in Advantage After School. About half those children are in New York City.

TASC estimates the loss of 6,250 or more slots for kids due to the reductions around 21CCLC. The loss of after-school programs, or the reduction in the number of kids programs serve, could be more severe than these numbers indicate. Most free or low-cost programs depend on funds from more than one government source. The cumulative effect of spending cuts from every level – city, state, and private funders whose assets are decreasing — could cause an undetermined number of programs to close. (tasc.org)