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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Expanded Learning Opportunities Fund Mapping

In January 2008, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman hosted the Governor’s Summit for Expanded Learning Opportunities. “Expanded learning opportunities” programs are those that provide early childhood programs for children from birth to five, afterschool programs for school-age children (including Community Learning Center programs), and parental involvement programs. The Summit explored collaborative efforts of schools and community leaders to create expanded learning opportunities for Nebraska’s children and youth. Following the event, Governor Heineman asked the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation and the Nebraska Community Learning Centers Network to map funding for expanded learning opportunities in Nebraska.

Fund mapping ties into the long term goal of the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation and the Nebraska Community Learning Centers Network to promote greater efficiencies through increased coordination, advocate for additional support for projects that meet the needs of children, families, and communities, and enhance the ability to build a broad constituency for additional, stable cross-sector funding for such community-based initiatives.

In August 2008 a report, Expanded Learning Opportunity Fund Mapping Project, was released. The report summarized federal and state funding available for expanded learning opportunities, and summarized surveys of Nebraska expanded learning opportunities programs’ reports of their financial support. The 2008 report was used to identify funding opportunities and build collaborations with non-traditional expanded learning opportunities partners.

Federal funding opportunities, particularly those available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), along with feedback from state and local partners, created a desire to update the Fund Mapping report. The updated report, Expanded Learning Opportunities: Updated Fund Mapping 2010, released in May 2010, updates funding figures, includes ARRA funding, includes additional state funding information, and reorganizes the content for easier reading.

Copies and subsequent updates to this report, along with profiles of community-based programs in Nebraska and additional information about expanded learning opportunities, may be found at the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation website.

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