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After-, Before-school Programs In Ohio May Lose Funding This Summer

More than 100 after- and before-school programs across Ohio that serve more than 20,000 children fear they will lose their funding source this summer, spelling the end for many of those enrichment classes.

“We’re all confused and we’re concerned,” said Nichelle Harris, director of the nonprofit Ohio Afterschool Network. “We’re talking about students here.”

The Ohio Department of Education gets $42 million a year in federal money to give out as 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. The money goes to 276 educational programs run outside school hours by schools, educational service centers and nonprofit organizations such as the Salvation Army. That includes popular programs in Reynoldsburg and Hilliard.