Tuesday, May 3, 2016

We must do more than lament the demise of the Trust

It [Do we really value our children 44% less now than in 2009? An analysis of OST funding, FYs 2009 - 2012] finds that funding for these “out-of-school time” programs has dropped precipitously in the past four years. Certainly that’s not surprising given the budgetary pressures the city has faced, but the 44 percent drop since fiscal 2009 stands in stark contrast to the modest rise in the city’s local spending (from $5.5 billion to $5.6 billion) over that period, to say nothing of the 6.8 percent growth in the overall budget including federal funds.

This was written by Mike DeBonis, then local DC WaPo journo.

While I may have been wrong about the Trust's ability to effectively manage it's budget and processes―"First, only the Trust has the ability to effectively and efficiently manage the granting process, from developing RFAs, to reviewing proposals, to training grantee staff, to tracking program-level data. All of this on a large scale."―the fact is that the DC government (commonly referred to as the "city") did not support and has not supported since the report was written children and youth in a substantive way.

Is the Trust a loss?   I think so.   It was a grand experiment in the face of daunting and disheartening data and stories.   Is the goal still worthy?   Yes!   We must do better by children, youth, and families.   That means more funding, tracking outcomes and not outputs, and coordinating services and supports across government agencies; among nonprofits; and between government, nonprofits, and the community.


Do we really value our children 44% less now than in 2009? An analysis of OST funding, FYs 2009 - 2012

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