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The cost of A+ after-school programs will increase to deal with COVID and staffing challenges

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — The state Department of Education announced Friday that monthly fees for A+ After School programs will increase for the next school year.

The Department of Education said the fee will be increased from $120 to $200 to address budget impacts related to COVID-19, increased operational costs and staffing issues.

The DOE said the rate change would take effect in November.

However, officials said families would not be immediately affected. The department said it would use federal funds to offset increased costs during this transition stage.

The increased monthly fees will begin to affect families starting in the 2022-2023 school year.

“This change will help increase and retain staff in our A+ programs, which will in turn help ensure that after-school support and services can be provided to any student or family in need,” said Acting Superintendent Keith Hayashi.

Officials said the additional funds will also be used to create more learning opportunities that support both academic and social-emotional learning.

The DOE’s A+ program currently serves approximately 15,600 public school students and operates financially through tuition and state Department of Social Services grants.

From nearly 200 sites in public schoolsthe department said it is working with private providers to help run the A+ program for keiki and families, which includes Kamaaina Kids and the YMCA.

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