Do not cut funding, but instead grow investments in afterschool and summer learning
21st Century Community Learning Centers help youth, parents, and the community
Congress is working through the FY 2024 spending process and some in Washington are proposing significant cuts to education programs. Reach out to your members of Congress to thank them for their past support and call on them to increase funding for the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) initiative – the only federal funding stream dedicated to supporting local school and community-based afterschool, before-school, and summer learning programs. The families of approximately 25 million children are unable to access an afterschool program, with those in rural communities as well as low-income, Black and Latinx families most likely to be left behind. A significant funding increase will help programs cover growing costs and meet the nationwide demand for programs.
Please take two minutes to dial your members of Congress and send a message in support of afterschool and summer learning programs.