NYC Should Double Down on After-School Care Investments
This Op-Ed was written by New York Edge Executive Director Rachael Gazdick:
During the pandemic, community-based organizations like New York Edge – the city’s largest provider of free school-based after-school and summer programs – answered the call to reassure, to engage, to understand. While the world was experiencing so much uncertainty, we quickly pivoted to provide New York City students with the programs they know and love, and the familiar, comforting faces of their educators. We continued to serve as an essential resource for thousands of families across the five boroughs, as their children navigated continuous transitions between remote and in-person learning, and as parents and caregivers returned to work.