OAN would like to thank Kevin Boehner from the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Jared Buerger of Children’s Hunger Alliance and Thomas Kazmierczak from Cleveland Playhouse. Listen to the recording HERE.
April 20 – 24 is Afterschool Professionals Week – How will you celebrate?
Take the Survey – OAN has a new survey…Ohio’s afterschool programs have been adapting and adjusting in these challenging times to ensure that the youth and families we serve continue to receive the resources and services they need. The Governor’s recent notice that Ohio K-12 schools will be closed until May 1 has far reaching impact for those of us continuing to innovate and pivot to provide these services. In this new survey, OAN is trying to re-assess the needs of the field to share with decision makers and legislators. Please complete this short survey to add transparency to your organization’s top issues regarding the current coronavirus (COVID 19) health crisis.
Messaging – look for upcoming advocacy from OAN about the need for local, state and national decision makers to consider afterschool and non-profits as essential services… now and when youth return to school.
Resources for Small Businesses
Kein Boehner shared information about the Paycheck Protection Act. This is an opportunity for small businesses with less than 500 employees to receive loans that may be forgiven. It is part of the CARES Act, the $350 billion dollar federal relief fund. It can be used for payroll, rent, and utilities. Kevin also flagged that this Friday there will be an opportunity for independent contractors and sole proprietors to apply. More resources are below. You can reach Kevin at KBoehner@ohiochamber.com.
Resources from Cleveland Playhouse
Thomas Kazmierczak shared that Cleveland Playhouse is now offering free online classes at no cost. Take a look at the schedule below!
Resources from Children’s Hunger Alliance
Jared Buerger reported on the USDA and ODE flexibility waivers that now allow for easier access for families and youth to access snacks and meals. Now CHA is able to serve non-congregate meals, meaning there is no requirement to participate in group gatherings and making “grab-and-go” allowable. Also there is now flexibility on the enrichment program component – participation is no longer required. These waivers will be in effect until 6/30 or when the state of emergency ends, whichever comes first.