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Their Finest Hour: Coming Together for Children and Families

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (August 2021) “With schools closed during the pandemic, an alliance of nonprofit leaders showed quiet heroics by taking the risk to set up learning centers without funding in place, or an end in sight.”

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Helping Students Recover and Accelerating Success

National Afterschool Alliance (July 2021) House Afterschool Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives David Cicilline and Don Young will speak to the importance of strong federal support for afterschool and summer learning programs and the impact programs have on local communities. Following remarks… Read More >

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Youth Today (July 2021)

“Last summer, when it became clear that K-12 schools across Kansas City, Missouri, would have to teach virtually due to the pandemic, Erin Balleine sprung into action to create an out-of-school program so children weren’t left in the lurch.”

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Community Learning Hubs

National Afterschool Alliance (February 2021) “As schools began shutting their doors and moving to virtual classrooms last spring, afterschool programs and youth development organizations stepped up to help students and families with access to the internet, learning support, meals, and… Read More >

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Camp Fire Heartland – Winner of the KC Nonprofit Connect Stronger Together Award (May 2021)

Nonprofit Connect

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In This Moment

Hall Family Foundation Annual Report “New Ways of Learning in Changing Times”

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The Out of School Collaborative

KC Chamber Digital Magazine, GROW (December 2020) How 5 Local Youth Development Organizations Came Together to Serve KC Youth

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Press Release: 2020 Camp Fire Heartland Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 14, 2020 CAMP FIRE HEARTLAND ESTABLISHES ITSELF AS AN INDEPENDENT CHAPTER TO SERVE METRO AREA YOUTH  Kansas City, MO. – After serving as the programmatic arm of Camp Fire’s National Headquarters for the last decade, Camp… Read More >

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Camp Fire Heartland’s Response to COVID-19

Dear Friends of Camp Fire Heartland,   The world feels very different from a week ago, doesn’t it? I think we’re all trying to maintain some sense of normalcy in a situation that doesn’t feel at all normal. At Camp… Read More >

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