Afterschool Policy

Public policy can help increase access to quality afterschool programs

The Afterschool Alliance works with a wide range of allies and advocates to ensure public policy at the local, state and federal levels includes afterschool and summer learning programs as key components in helping students learn and grow, families balance work with home, and employers invest in the future.

The Afterschool Alliance has several key policy priorities for the 115th Congress aimed at increasing access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs for all young people with an emphasis on children most in need:

This year, the most important fight is to ensure funding for 21st Century Community Learning centers in appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019. Our "take action" page is for those ready to advocate! You can also learn more about bills we are watching on our page of current federal legislation in afterschool.

Reach out to us at any time if you have a question about a piece of federal legislation.

Latest Issues:

Contact Congress about afterschool funding and opportunities. Follow the Appropriations process on the Policy Blog.

Policy News: The latest afterschool policy news from Washington, D.C.

Federal Policy: More background and information on afterschool in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA - formerly No Child Left Behind), 21st CCLC appropriations, and policy arenas with ties to afterschool such as obesity prevention, STEM, older youth and rural areas.

Federal Legislation: View current bills in Congress relating to afterschool programs.

State Policy: State-specific data and contacts plus tools for developing and advancing afterschool policy at the state level. 

Take Action: All you need to take action for afterschool, whether you have 2 minutes or a lifelong passion to promote afterschool.  

Congressional Caucuses: A list of the current members of the House and Senate Afterschool Caucuses. 

Making Afterschool an Election Issue: Election season presents an important opportunity to put afterschool on the radar of policy makers and the public in a visible and meaningful way.