Tell Congress: Families need afterschool!
Congress is working to decide on education spending levels for fiscal year 2020, and need to hear from you about the importance of local afterschool and summer learning programs. President Trump’s budget calls for eliminating federal funding for local afterschool and summer programs. If the funding is not maintained, nearly two million children and families would be left without reliable afterschool choices. The House of Representatives has rejected that proposal and instead passed an increase that will allow 100,000 more children to access local afterschool and summer learning programs funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative. The Senate proposed keeping funding at the current level.
More than 19 million families want and need more afterschool and summer learning opportunities. For every child in a program, two are waiting to get in. Closing 10,000+ afterschool programs will hurt families and children in every part of the country. Increased funding for programs will help address the tremendous demand.
You can make a difference: call on Congress to increase funding for afterschool and summer learning programs.