SALEM, Ore. – Oregon will be providing a quarter of a billion dollars to help students and children keep learning this summer.
Gov. Kate Brown, Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek unveiled the $250 million Summer Learning and Child Care package on Monday.
With $75 million in federal funds, as much as $325 million will be invested in the programs.
The announcement comes after Oregon’s students faced uncertainty due to the pandemic, with classes largely being held remotely over the past year.
Officials said the money will be distributed in the form of grants for enrichment activities, and investments will be made equitably for Oregon’s children of color, who have been disproportionately affected by the past year’s challenges.
“The past year has been hard on Oregon kids and their caregivers––especially working mothers––in so many ways,” said Brown. “As COVID-19 recedes from our communities, it’s time to bring back the summer enrichment programs that spark joy, foster creativity, and encourage healing for our children, who have persevered through adversities few generations have faced at their age. And, we must make sure families and children have equitable access to these programs, as we work to eliminate historic disparities that have been exacerbated during the pandemic.”
Breaking it down, the package includes five specific investments:
- Summer Enrichment and Academic Program Grants (K-8): $90 million
- Summer Academic Support Grants (high school): $72 million
- Summer Activity Grants: $40 million
- School Child Care Grants: $30 million
- Early Learning Programs: $13 million
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