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It’s Time to Invest in Our Future

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Head Start teacher Lorena Buitrago shares a book with students in our Woodside classroom.

The economic downturn over the last five years has led to belt-tightening everywhere–and particularly by nonprofits. Since 2009, funding to human-services nonprofits has been slashed by a billion dollars. At the same time, the cost of living has continue to rise, making it even harder for those that were already struggling to get by.

Every day we see families in our programs who work multiple jobs but still can’t cover their expenses. Today, some 15% of state residents now live below the poverty line. Just when services like early childhood education, job training, and after school programs are needed most, nonprofits have been forced to cut back.

And yet a bit of good news came from Albany recently, Continue reading

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