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School’s Out Washington works in close partnership with the Afterschool Alliance and the National Summer Learning Association on federal advocacy needs and issues. We share their mission of working to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. Afterschool programs are critical to children and families today, yet the need for programs is far from being met. Our e-newsletters announce breaking news coming from Washington DC and our Action Alerts encourage our constituents to take action when necessary at both the state and federal level.

Current Federal Bills to Watch

Protecting 21st Century Community Learning Centers from cuts

President Trump's proposed FY 2018 Budget eliminated 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), the only federal funding stream for afterschool and summer programming.

21st Century Community Learning Centers make sure that children and youth in high-poverty schools are engaged throughout the day and year, and are a crucial support for working parents. The success of these programs in closing the opportunity gap is backed by research. They not only support children afterschool and in the summer, but lead to real academic gains that can help close the opportunity gap.

You can learn more about this issue in our 21st CCLC Issue Brief (PDF).

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Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization Act  

The Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization Act is a critical piece of federal legislation that will impact all areas of afterschool and summer meals. For an analysis of the current bill, please visit the Food Research and Action Center.

Federal Appropriations

SOWA and our national partners, including the Afterschool Alliance, are closely monitoring the federal appropriations process.

Want more information?

Please visit our national partner, the Afterschool Alliance, for ongoing analysis and updates on federal policy and D.C. news.

Questions for SOWA?

Please contact David Beard, Policy and Advocacy Director, at dbeard@schoolsoutwashington.org