Several states have legislation that establishes a sound base for afterschool access, quality, funding and long-term sustainability. Look at the examples below from Minnesota, Iowa and New Jersey to see what legislation can do.
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.
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 legislation, SF 588. (Scroll down to find the text on afterschool.) Read the text of the 2008 amendments, HF 2679.
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, a program of George Soros. The governor announced the creation of New Jersey After 3 in his 2003 State of the State speech:
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.
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