$50M funding increase will keep afterschool programs afloat temporarily, but falls short of sustainable funding to fill growing demand from families in need. See California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance’s joint statement.
You Can Help Save After School
All children in California, regardless of zip code, deserve to have a safe place to go after the school bell rings, until their parents get home from work. For nearly 860,000 children and youth across California, public after school programs provide this safe place, while also teaching new skills in science, art, music, sports, and more; providing healthy meals; and giving positive role models to youth.
But these programs have been threatened by inadequate funding from both the state and federal governments. Legislators helped increase the cost of doing business in California, leaving after school programs struggling to stay open and provide youth with the same high-quality activities and services.
we are making progress
The Save After School Campaign, launched in 2015, represents after school providers, advocates, families, administrators, educators, law enforcement officials, and other allies, who have come together and achieved the first increase to state funding for after school in over a decade. This increase started in the 2017-18 school year. Though this increase only goes halfway in meeting the field's current needs, it was an essential first step that will help keep programs open and ensure thousands of students continue to have a safe place to go after school.
There is still more to be done. Add your name to the list of supporters that are fighting to save quality after school programs in California. Join us in the fight to Save After School!