Several states have legislation that establishes a sound base for afterschool access, quality, funding and long-term sustainability.  How can you go about developing a proposal for legislative action in your state?

View this template for a legislative proposal. In addition to sample language, this template asks questions and raises points you and other advocates will need to consider and agree upon as you create your legislation and before you seek a legislative sponsor. Look at the examples below from Minnesota, Iowa and New Jersey to see what legislation can do.

Hawaii: Appropriate Funding for an Evidence-Based Physical Activity and Nutritional Program

Introduced January 17, 2014 by Representative Mark Hashem, HB2109 amends the directive from 1990 establishing the state's afterschool program for elementary students, A+ to provide more specific directive and state level funding for the fun 5 program, previously part of A+ but only funded by private donations.  The A+ program reaches 18,000 elementary school students in Hawaii and the fun 5 programs take about a dollar a student to keep running.  The fun 5 program provides training for afterschool staff and playground equipment to encourage students to eat 5 fruits and veggies a day and provides 30 minutes of formal physical activity 5 days a week.

California: Grants for Expanded Learning Opportunities

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced 333 programs will receive a combined $51 million in state and federal grants to provide expanded learning opportunities for students to bolster student learning outside of the regular school hours. In the latest round of funding, $51 million was distributed through three grants: the After School Education and Safety program, the federal 21st Centruy Community Learning Centers- Elementary & Middle Schools program, and the state 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens program.

Minnesota: Legislation to Establish an Afterschool Community Learning Grant Program

In 2007, Minnesota passed legislation establishing a competitive statewide grant program “to provide grants to community or nonprofit organizations, political subdivisions, or school-based programs that serve youth after school or during non-school hours.” Programs are expected to increase participants’ school connectedness and academic achievement, and they are expected to collaborate with other community entities. The legislation also included an appropriation of $10 million from the general fund for FY08.  Read the text of H.F. #976 to learn more.

Washington, D.C.: Funding for Out-of-School Time Program

The city council recently passed their FY2015 budget, including a modest increase in the D.C. Public Schools Out-of-School Time Program to support afterschool and summer learning programs, resulting in a total funding level of $8.4 million.  Funding to support community-based organizations providing expanded learning programming was held stable and includes $10 milling for 21st Century Community Learning Center grants and $3 million for the D.C. Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation. The D.C. community schools initiative was funded at $500,000.

Iowa: Legislation to Establish a New Grant Program

In 2007, Iowa created a new competitive grant program that would serve schools and other public and private organizations.  In 2008, the law was amended to include summer programs and programs for older youth as eligible activities.  Read the full text of the 2007 and legislation, SF 588 and the 2008 amendments, HF 2679.

New Jersey: Executive Order #117

New Jersey Executive Order #117 established New Jersey After 3, which is modeled after the successful system developed by The After School Corporation (TASC) and funded by Open Society Institute (OSI), a program of George Soros.  The governor announced the creation of New Jersey After 3 in his 2003 State of the State speech.

Today, I am proposing a new partnership among the State, the private sector, and the many dedicated education and community providers. A partnership that will work together to fund and operate a system of after-school programs across the state. New Jersey After 3 will be the first state-sponsored, non-profit corporation anywhere in America to take on the after-school challenge. I will need this Legislature's help, but I am going to challenge us to have 20,000 children enrolled in after-school activities in the next school year and that will build a better New Jersey.


New Jersey After 3 was formed with highly visible community, state and business leaders and an allocation of $15 million in initial funding. Today, New Jersey After 3 funds an extensive statewide network of nonprofit-run, school-based afterschool programs that currently serves more than 14,000 children in more than 100 schools.