New hpnc Scholarship Fund

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The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) announces that it has instituted a scholarship fund for its after-school program. HPNC began approaching donors this summer in order to support families who may be detached from HPNC’s after-school program due to proposed childcare subsidies budget cuts by the State of Illinois.

With the help of a challenge grant from the Elizabeth Louise (Betty Lou) Smith Fund at the Chicago Community Trust, HPNC has now over $50,000 in a fund to support working families.

“One of the core values of HPNC – for the organization as a whole and for our after-school program in particular – is that we want every child to be able to participate, regardless of income,” says Executive Director Sarah Diwan.

For HPNC, the scholarship fund became a necessity when this summer Governor Rauner announced severe cuts to the State of Illinois’ Action for Children (IAC) program. IAC provides childcare subsidies to working families who meet certain low income guidelines. At HPNC, over 40% of our 65+ children/families who attend the after-school program receive the subsidy.

Thank you to all of our contributors, donors, supporters and a special thanks to the Elizabeth Louise (Betty Lou) Smith Fund at the Chicago Community Trust.

To read the entire press release please click here.

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