When Andrea Bird was laid off from her retail job last year, the single mom could no longer afford after-school activities for her son and pulled him out of karate and soccer.
While hunting for a job and trying to fight foreclosure on her home, she has relied heavily on After School Daze, a city-run drop-in program at Providencia and William McKinley elementary schools that caters to low-income children.
But looming budget cuts have left the free program — which costs the city of Burbank $62,689 a year in staffing and serves more than 300 children — in jeopardy.
“It's just not an affordable model, no matter how you look at it,” said Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Judie Wilke.
A task force created last year after the program barely survived another round of budget cuts is evaluating whether to restructure the program or scrap it altogether.