Tell Congress to support our kids in the FY24 Labor HHS Education Spending Bill

Congress now has until March 22, 2024, to pass an education spending bill. While work continues on the framework and spending levels for all federal appropriations bills, now is a great time to reach out to make the case for robust education funding.

Last year both chambers released their FY 2024 Labor, HHS, Education spending bills: the House bill includes deep cuts to education programs while the Senate bill includes some modest increases. Both bills fund local afterschool and summer learning programs at last year's level. 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. Increased funding is also needed for the Child Care Development Block Grant, which can help parents provide school-age afterschool and summer programs to their children.

The families of approximately 25 million children are unable to access an afterschool program. A significant funding increase will help programs cover growing costs and meet the nationwide demand for programs. Please take two minutes to send a message to Congress in support of afterschool and summer learning programs.

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