TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Arizona Department of Education today announced its continued support of the Arizona Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs and the Arizona Alliance of YMCAs for the Spring semester to support communities across Arizona with a safe space for learning and development.
As schools operating in a distance learning model are still required to provide a physical space for the most at-risk students, the Boys and Girls Club of AZ and YMCA have stepped up to help schools fulfill this requirement.
“Given the highly concerning rate of community spread across our state, and the corresponding need for more schools to return to a distance learning model, the extra support of the YMCA and Boys and Girls Clubs will provide necessary relief to schools and families, ensuring that every student who needs a safe place to learn, has one.” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman. “Access to affordable childcare is an issue that precedes the pandemic, and now providing children a safe place to learn is more necessary than ever. I am so grateful for the partnership of community-based organizations like the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club.”
Using discretionary funding from the federal CARES Act, the Arizona Department of Education has allocated $1.5 million dollars to support the Arizona Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs and the Valley of the Sun YMCA programs in recognition of the vital support they play to students and families across Arizona.