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U.S. House Subcommittee proposes $100 million increase to 21st CCLC as FY2022 Appropriations process continues

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U.S. House Subcommittee proposes $100 million increase to 21st CCLC as FY2022 Appropriations process continues

This week the House of Representatives continues the FY 2022 appropriations process with multiple subcommittee mark-ups. On July 12 the House of Representatives’ Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS-ED) and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee will mark up its FY 2022 spending bill. The draft bill includes a $100 million proposed increase to the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) initiative – the only federal funding stream dedicated to afterschool, before-school, and summer learning programs. President Biden had proposed a $50 million increase for 21st CCLC.

The FY 2022 LHHS-ED bill provides $253.8 billion in overall funding, an increase of $55.2 billion (28 percent) above FY 2021 spending. For the Department of Education (ED), the bill provides $102.8 billion in discretionary appropriations, an increase of $29.3 billion above the funding level for FY 2021 and the same amount the president requested. The text of the draft bill was released on July 11 ahead of the subcommittee markup, which will be webcast live.

Key funding provisions of the draft bill that would support afterschool and summer learning programs include the following:

  • $100 million increase for the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center program, which supports before-school, afterschool and summer learning programs for almost 2 million students. The program would receive $1.4 billion.
  • $1.5 billion increase for Child Care and Development Block Grant, for a total of $7.4 billion. This Department of Health and Human Services program supports school-age children with afterschool and summer programs, in addition to providing child care to infants and toddlers.
  • A historic $19.5 billion increase for ESSA Title I grants to Local Education Agencies for a total $36 billion. These Education funds can be used by school districts to support afterschool and summer learning.
  • $85 million increase for Title IV Part A Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants for a total of $1.3 billion. These funds can be used for afterschool Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), physical activity and a host of other uses.
  • $413 million increase for Full-Service Community Schools for a total of $443 million. Full Service Community Schools funding supports comprehensive services and expands evidence-based models that meet the holistic needs of children, families, and communities, including afterschool and summer learning components.
  • Continued support for a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Initiative to support SEL and “whole child” approaches to education. Within this amount, the bill provides:
    • $112 million, an increase of $45 million over the FY 2021 enacted level, for grants for evidence-based, field-initiated innovations that address student social, emotional, and cognitive needs within the Education Innovation and Research program;
    • $90 million, an increase of $10 million over the FY21 enacted level, for the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) program with a priority for teacher professional development and pathways into teaching that provide a strong foundation in child development and learning, including skills for implementing SEL strategies; and
    • $1 billion within School Safety National Activities for Mental Health Services Professional Demonstration Grants and School-Based Mental Health Services Grants to help Local Education Agencies (LEAs) directly increase the number of mental health and child development experts in schools.
  • $50 million increase for Career and Technical Education State Grants for a total of $1.38 billion.
  • $200.8 million increase for TRIO to $1.3 billion and $40 million increase for GEAR UP to $408 million. These programs help prepare students for college.
  • $244 million increase for Federal Work Study to $1.43 billion. Federal Work Study can help support college students working in afterschool and other community-based organizations while attending college.
  • Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS): a $194 million increase for CNCS for a total of $1.3 billion. Within the total amount, the bill includes $601 million for AmeriCorps State and National Grants, an increase of $146 million. AmeriCorps positions include those supporting afterschool and summer learning programs.
  • $29 million increase for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention program to $130 million.

The House Commerce Justice and Science draft bill was also released on July 11 and includes the following funds that can support afterschool and summer learning:

  • $110 million for Youth Mentoring grants within the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
  • $100 million for community-based violence intervention initiatives.
  • $9.63 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF), an increase of $1.15 billion.  These funds will foster innovation and U.S. economic competitiveness, including funding for climate science and sustainable research, as well as research on artificial intelligence, quantum information science, advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, and many other critical areas. The bill also invests in important scientific infrastructure. Within this total:
    • Research and Related Activities are funded at $7.7 billion, an increase of $785.97 million above the FY 2021 enacted level; and
    • Education and Human Resources are funded at $1.27 billion, an increase of $306.3 million above the FY 2021 enacted level, to help broaden participation in STEM research and STEM careers among underrepresented populations.
  • $25.04 billion for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), an increase of $1.77 billion. This funding includes continued investments in human space exploration efforts, as well as other investments, including:
  • $147 million for STEM Engagement, an increase of $20 million above the FY 2021 enacted level, to inspire young people to pursue careers in science and engineering.

The spending process continues all week – following subcommittee mark ups early in the week, the full House Appropriations Committee will mark up spending bills on Thursday including the LHHS-ED bill. The Senate has yet to announce its schedule for marking up its LHHS-ED spending bill but it is likely to happen later this summer or early fall. Speaking out this week is especially important! Friends of afterschool can weigh in with their members of Congress about the importance of funding afterschool and summer learning programs.

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