Supporting Afterschool and Summer Funding in FY2022 Appropriations
On July 12, the House of Representatives’ Labor, Health and Human
Services, Education (LHHS-ED) and Related Agencies Appropriations
Subcommittee marked up its FY 2022 spending bill. The bill
includes a $100 million increase to the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) initiative – the only federal funding stream dedicated to afterschool, before-school, and summer learning programs. President Biden had proposed a $50 million increase for 21st CCLC as part of his budget proposal released last May. While the proposed budget is a step in the right direction, it would still leave millions of children without the afterschool programs they need. Before the pandemic, the families of 24.6 million children were unable to access an afterschool program, with low-income, Black and Latinx families most likely to be left behind. Doubling 21st CCLC to $2.5 billion will help meet the demand for programs that exist nationwide.
The House will move forward with passing their FY 2022 spending bills this month, with the Senate to follow soon after. Reach out to your members of Congress today!