The West Steps: Out-of-School Programs Are Facing a Funding Cliff – What Can Colorado Do?

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: February 14, 2024

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado invested about $20 million relief dollars in out-of-school time programming, which supported 45 grantees and 60 programs across the state. But those dollars are running out, and many programs face uncertain futures. And even with this investment, the supply isn’t meeting the demand – by one estimate, nearly 400,000 Colorado kids are on a wait list for out-of-school time programming.

Kaycee Headrick, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Colorado, and Madi Ashour, Director of Youth Success at the Colorado Children’s Campaign, join us to talk about the importance of out-of-school time and how an investment from the state could make a difference for kids’ academics and well-being.

You can contact Madi Ashour and Kaycee Headrick to learn more.

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit