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:
- Central to increasing access to programs and building program quality is ensuring that local afterschool and summer learning programs are able to leverage federal funding. The primary source of federal afterschool funding is the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative. For fiscal year 2018, we urge Congress and the Administration to fund 21st CCLC at least at the current level of $1.192 billion to ensure almost 2 million children and their families continue to have access to quality programming when school is out.
- Additional funding streams are vital to support students when they are out of school. The Afterschool Alliance supports funding for the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the Corporation for National and Community Service and its AmeriCorps and VISTA programs, Title I and Title IV Part A funds of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), among others.
- Reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act is an opportunity to include afterschool and summer learning programs as partners to provide students with activities and experiences such as competency based learning, hands-on STEM, mentorships, site-visits and apprenticeships.
- Increasing access to quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) afterschool.
- Strengthening school-age program quality and access within CCDBG.
- Streamlining federal child nutrition programs like the afterschool meal and summer feeding programs, and increasing physical education and activity nutrition education and access to nutritious food in out of school time programs.
- Increasing access to social and emotional learning in afterschool and summer learning programs.
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.
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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.
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