Response to NYC Budget: These cuts directly impact Arts to Grow

These proposed cuts would directly impact Arts to Grow as many of our partner schools and community organizations are funded in large part through the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development.

From the Aftershool Corporation (TASC)

Mayor’s Preliminary Budget Leaves City Children and Working Parents Stranded

Advocates Say This Devastating Blow to Children’s and Youth Services Will Undercut Mayor’s “Legacy” Reform Agenda for Education and Economic Development

Advocates, Providers and Parents Call on Mayor to Revise Budget, Restore Child Care and After-School Programs for More Than 40,000 Children and Their Families


New York, NY—In response to Mayor Bloomberg’s announcement today that his preliminary budget for the Administration for Children’s Services and the Department of Youth and Community Development fails to include funding for child care and after-school programs for more than 40,000 children currently enrolled, a coalition of advocates, providers and parents called on the Mayor to revise the budget and restore the funding for the children in danger of losing access to these essential programs. The Mayor’s proposed budget, coupled with other recent changes, would eliminate child care for 15,900 children, and would cut Out-of-school Time (OST) after-school programs for 25,000 children—leaving 40,900 of New York’s children and their families stranded without care.

These sweeping cuts would strike a devastating blow to New York City’s working parents—who depend on these critical services to keep their jobs—and their children—who need these early education and after-school programs for future success. The cuts represent a dramatic departure from the Mayor’s stated desire to make education reforms and economic development his top priorities and the foundation of his legacy as mayor.

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About arts2grow

Arts to Grow (ATG) engages children in the artistic process by providing free, highly tailored and professionally taught arts education programs to youth in the New York metro area who have limited access to the arts. Arts to Grow collaborates closely with schools and community groups to match performing and visual arts programs and Teaching Artists with the specific needs of each group of children. ATG serves the community and society by helping children develop their full potential through the arts.

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