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Federal Funding for Afterschool At-Risk

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under Policy & Legislation

Last week, the House of Representatives passed HR 5, the Student Success Act, which does not reauthorize the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative.  The 21st CCLC initiative is the only federal funding stream dedicated to supporting before, afterschool and summer learning programs. This could lead to 1.1 million students losing access to such programming across the country, including over 16,500 in Washington State.

The bill does create the Local Competitive Grant Program that would fund “supplemental student support activities such as before, after, or summer school activities, tutoring, and expanded learning time.” However, this would allow the funds to support school day activities, such as academic subject-specific programs, adjunct teacher programs, extended learning time programs, dual enrollment programs and parent engagement.  As the Afterschool Alliance explains, “at a time when local and state funding is declining, it is likely that this grant would predominantly be used to fund activities during the school day.”

Here are some resources to learn more about the impact of HR 5:

Afterschool Alliance Policy News

Youth Today Article: House Bill Would Cut Afterschool Funding, Create Block Grant

Afterschool Alliance Policy & Action Center

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