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Time to Save 21st Century Community Learning Centers

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

The 21st Century Community Learning Center Program (21st CCLC’s) supports over 150 programs in Washington that provide more than 18,000 children and youth with expanded learning opportunities afterschool and in the summer (particularly in rural areas). These programs provide enriching Expanded Learning Opportunities including everything from Lego Robotics, to reading, to website development, to creative writing and the arts.

Congress is considering a proposal that would eliminate several educational funding streams and combine them into a few large block grants for general education including the only dedicated federal funding source for afterschool and summer programs; 21st CCLCs. The ability of quality programs to leverage state and local resources, professional development and training, to achieve desired outcomes around student success will be lost given the broadening of the funding stream and competing provisions. Our national partners at the Afterschool Alliance have a complete synopsis of the proposed legislation being considered. The U.S. House Education and Commerce Committee has already passed out a bill that eliminates 21st CCLC’s. The U.S. Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee may have a vote on this bill in early March, so your voice is needed now.

If you haven’t already, please make your voice heard by sending an email to your U.S. Senators and Representative!

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