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FY2020 appropriations update: Afterschool funding increased!

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FY2020 appropriations update: Afterschool funding increased!

House and Senate appropriators reached an agreement on final subcommittee allocations to avert a shutdown and fund the government past the December 20 deadline.  The final  bi-partisan bill language specifying funding levels for all government programs provides $1.25 billion for local afterschool and summer learning programs, which will provide quality programming for an additional 28,000 students. This brings afterschool funding to an all-time high and is a testament to the strong 21st Century Community Learning Center programs across our nation.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) is the current chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee and Co-Chair of the bipartisan House Afterschool Caucus. A longtime and ardent champion of afterschool programs, the Congresswoman announced her retirement from Congress earlier this year.  In her honor, the bill adds her name to the 21st Community Learning Center Program.

The $1.3 trillion deal encompasses all 12 appropriations bills, and is expected to be passed as a two-bill minibus package. The first bill is scheduled for a Tuesday, December 17 House floor vote funding Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce-Justice-Science and Financial Services measures, while the remaining eight spending bills will comprise the second “minibus,” and include: Agriculture-FDA, Labor-HHS-Education, Energy-Water, Interior-Environment, State-Foreign Operations, Transportation-HUD, Military Construction-VA and Legislative Branch. The deal was announced after a meeting with top appropriators, including House and Senate Appropriations Chairs Nita Lowey(and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Ranking Members Kay Granger (R-Texas) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). The President will ultimately have to sign the spending bills into law to avert a federal government shut down when the current continuing resolution expires on December 20.

Specific funding levels for other education and programs are listed below:

  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers: 21st Century Community Learning Centers is  allocated $1.25 billion, a 2.3 percent increase ($28 million) above the 2019 enacted level. The President’s budget proposed to eliminate this program.  The bi-partisan bill also honors Rep. Lowey by adding her  name to the program
  • Title I Grants to Local Education Agencies: $16.310 billion, an increase of $450 million above the 2019 enacted level. Title I provides basic and flexible funding to low-income school districts to improve student outcomes. Schools are able to spend Title I funds on afterschool and summer learning programs.
  • Title II-A Funds for Teacher Professional Development $2.132 billion, an increase of $76 million over the 2019 enacted level. This is the first time since FY2014 this funding stream has been increased. The president’s budget proposed to eliminate this program.
  • Title IV Full Service Community Schools: $25 million, an increase of $8 million, to provide comprehensive services and expand evidence-based models that meet the holistic needs of children, families, and communities.
  • Title IV Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants: $1.210 billion, an increase of $40 million above the 2019 enacted level. The president’s budget proposed to eliminate this program. These funds for school districts established under ESSA support activities that provide students with a well-rounded education, ensure safe and supportive learning environments, and use technology to improve instruction. Allowable uses for the grant include support for afterschool STEM activities. 
  • Child Care Access Means Parents in School: $53 million, an increase of $3 million above the 2019 enacted level.
  • TRIO and GEAR UP: $1.090 billion for Federal TRIO programs, an increase of $30 million above the 2019 enacted level. Additionally, $365 million for GEAR UP, an increase of $5 million above the 2019 enacted level.
  • Federal Work Study: $1.180 billion, an increase of $50 million above the 2019 enacted level. Federal Work Study can be used to support college students working in community-based afterschool programs.
  • Education, Innovation, and Research: $190 million, an increase of $60 million above the 2019 enacted level. $65 million of EIR funds are dedicated for STEM education, including a specific prioritization on computer science education. Also for the first time, $65 million in new funds within this program for grants for evidence-based, field-initiated innovations that address student social and emotional learning needs is included. 
  • Career, Technical Education (CTE): $1.283 billion, an increase of $20 million for implementation of the Perkins V CTE legislation that passed last year. 

And in the Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies:

  • Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG): $5.826 billion, an increase of $550 million; in addition to supporting child care for children ages birth through five, the CCDBG funds afterschool programs for just under one million school-age children.
  • Mental health resources for children and youth including $102 million for Project AWARE, an increase of $31 million; and $69 million for the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative, an increase of $5 million.
  • Community Services Block Grant: $740 million, an increase of $15 million. 
  • Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS): $1.1 billion, an increase of $21 million above the 2019 enacted level. The president’s budget proposed to eliminate CNCS and includes $94 million for this purpose. CNCS supports AmeriCorps and VISTA that are a key asset for hundreds of afterschool programs.
  • Youth Mentoring: $97 million for FY20 to support mentoring programs including those provided through afterschool programs.
  • Career Pathways for Youth Grants: The bill provides $10,000,000 to utilize the demonstration grant authority under the dislocated worker national reserve for grants to support national out-of-school-time organizations that serve youth and teens and place an emphasis on age-appropriate workforce readiness programming to expand job training and workforce pathways for youth and disconnected youth, including soft skill development, career exploration, job readiness and certification, summer jobs, year-round job opportunities, and apprenticeships. Funding will also support partnerships between workforce investment boards and youth-serving organizations.

Also of note, the bill provides $123 million for a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Initiative to support SEL and “whole child” approaches to education. Within this amount, the bill provides:

  • $65 million in new funds within the Education Innovation and Research program for grants for evidence-based, field-initiated innovations that address student social, emotional, and cognitive needs (as noted above);
  • $23 million for a new competition within the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant 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; 
  • $10 million within the School Safety National Activities program to make schools safer through a new competition that will help local educational agencies (LEAs) directly increase the number of mental health and child development experts in schools

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President-elect Biden nominates Connecticut Education Commissioner Cardona for Sec. of Education

This week U.S. President-elect Joe Biden selected Connecticut education commissioner Miguel Cardona to serve as secretary of education. Commissioner Cardona is a former fourth-grade public school teacher who became the youngest principal in Connecticut and, later, an assistant superintendent of...

BY: Erik Peterson      12/23/20