After school education and safety (ases)
March, 2019 — Over 300 students, families, afterschool providers, and other advocates marched to the State Capitol for the 15th annual California Afterschool and Summer Challenge to tell the Legislature and the Governor that afterschool programs must be protected. They were joined on the Capitol steps by elected officials, and held a rally with remarks from Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-63), State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, Senator Holly Mitchell (D-30), Assembly Member Phil Ting (D-19), Senator Connie Leyva (D-20), and Assembly Member Wendy Carrillo (D-51). Advocates delivered over 10,000 postcards from students, parents, staff, teachers, and principals from across the state to legislators and the Governor.
February, 2019 — Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (D-District 51) introduced Assembly Bill 1725, After School Education and Safety Program: funding and grant amounts.
This bill would increase state funding by $112.8 million each year, raising the funding formula to $9.75 per student per day. Through careful analysis, the the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance determined that this is the increase needed to maintain our quality afterschool programs throughout the state in 2019-20. To make sure we don't end up in the same position year after year, it is also critical that lawmakers adjust this funding as the state minimum wage and cost of living increase.
January, 2019 — California's new Governor, Gavin Newsom, released his proposed budget. We are pleased to see the Governor's commitment to several important strategies for alleviating childhood poverty through his support of early learning, K-12 education, and healthcare. However, we were disheartened that we did not see an investment in afterschool programs. As Governor Newsom noted in his campaign, afterschool programs are critical to educating the whole child, and ensuring that parents can work to support their families.
The California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance (CA3) wrote a joint letter to the Governor urging him to reconsider making a strong investment in afterschool programs. Thank you to all of our partners who signed onto this letter and have raised their voices on social media.
June, 2018 — The Budget Conference Committee released their final recommendations for the 2018-19 budget, which unfortunately does not include our request for additional funding for ASES (to bring the daily rate to an average of $9.25 per student). The Governor negotiated with legislative leaders last week so we expect this to be the final budget for the coming year.
While we are disappointed with the outcome this year, we are incredibly proud of the growing awareness and dedication to Save After School. Thank you for getting involved and raising your voice. Together, more 300 organizations and 10,000 expanded learning program staff, families, and students took action to support more funding for ASES. We will continue our fight to keep high-quality after school programs open for the students, families, and communities that need them. Look for efforts later this year to strengthen relationships with elected officials, gather key data on our needs, and form our legislative priorities for next year. Note: the $50 million increase that we secured last year, to bring the daily rate to $8.19 per student, will continue in the 2018-19 year.
May, 2018 — The budget request to increase the ASES daily rate to $9.25 per student will now move on to the Budget Conference Committee. The California State Assembly recommended an additional $76.3 million for ASES programs, while the California State Senate recommended $0.
On May 15, hundreds of after school youth, providers, and other advocates rallied at the State Capitol for the 14th annual Afterschool & Summer Challenge. Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting, Senator Connie Leyva, Assemblymember Susan Eggman, and Assemblymember Miguel Santiago headlined the event. Students delivered 10,000 handwritten postcards to legislators. Participants went to every legislative office to share their stories and request more support for after school programs, including the ASES Budget Request.
April, 2018 — The Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education will be discussing our budget request on May 10 at 9:30 AM. This may be the last opportunity to speak at a hearing in support of this request. If you can't make it to the hearing, you can submit a letter of support by 3 PM on May 7. Registration is closing soon for the 14th annual Afterschool & Summer Challenge on May 14-15 in Sacramento.
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March, 2018 — The budget request to increase the ASES daily rate to $9.25 will be discussed by several legislative committees over the next 2 months. To be successful, we need your help each step of the way. The Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education hearing will take place on March 13 at 9 AM. We need people to speak in support at the hearing, and to send letters of support in advance. The Partnership for Children & Youth released findings of their latest field survey: rising costs continue to threaten after school programs.
February, 2018 — The Legislature and Governor heard your calls to #SaveAfterSchool by providing the first funding increase for ASES in over a decade. While we are grateful for the rate increase, we only secured half of our budget request. With the annually rising state minimum wage, many programs expect to be in the same dire need within the next few years. That is why the Save After School Campaign is requesting an additional $76.3 million to raise the daily formula to an average $9.25 per student in 2018-19. We are thankful to have Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) supporting this budget request again!
June, 2017 — California took a leap forward for students, families, and communities and provided critically needed funding for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs that benefit over 600,000 California low-income students across California. Governor Jerry Brown signed the California State Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18, which included an additional $50 million in ongoing funding for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program. Though the $50 million only goes halfway in meeting the field's current fiscal needs of a $9 daily rate in response to the increased state minimum wage, this is an essential first step that will allow programs to stay open and ensure thousands of students continue to have a safe place to go after the school bell rings. This significant success could not have been possible without key legislators who prioritized our budget request, the Governor shifting his position on where additional funding for after school should come from, and YOU! Read the full press release.
The control, regulate, and tax adult use of marijuana act of 2016
February 2019 — Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-District 7) introduced Assembly Bill 1085, After school programs: substance use prevention: funding: cannabis revenue. This bill would ensure that afterschool programs are seen as a vital youth substance use prevention tool and thus, an effective use of a portion of Prop. 64 funding.
August 2018 — 2018 legislative session closed. AB 1744 did not make it out of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Despite not making it to the Governor’s desk, this bill has helped us make significant progress in our goal to ensure expanded learning programs are viewed as a a vital youth substance prevention tool, and thus an effective use of a portion of Proposition 64 youth funding.
Earlier in August — AB 1744 was placed on the Suspense File in the Senate Appropriations Committee on August 6. The committee will take a final vote on August 16.
June, 2018 — AB 1744 passed the Senate Health Committee with unanimous support. The bill will be reviewed in Senate Appropriations on August 6. Your continued support is key to moving this forward. Add your name to our petition.
Earlier in June — AB 1744 (McCarty) passed the Senate Education Committee with a unanimous vote. 20 people spoke in support during the hearing and our coalition gathered support from more than 100 organizations and 900 individuals across California via letters and our petition. AB 1744 will be heard in the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday, June 20, at 1:30 PM.
May, 2018 — AB 1744 (McCarty) passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and then again passed the Assembly Floor with unanimous votes. The bill will now move onto the Senate and will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on June 13.
On May 15, hundreds of after school youth, providers, and other advocates rallied at the State Capitol for the 14th annual Afterschool & Summer Challenge. Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting, Senator Connie Leyva, Assemblymember Susan Eggman, and Assemblymember Miguel Santiago headlined the event. Students delivered 10,000 handwritten postcards to legislators. Participants went to every legislative office to share their stories and request more support for after school programs, including AB 1744.
April, 2018 — Thanks to you, AB 1744 (McCarty) passed the Assembly Education Committee and the Assembly Health Committee with unanimous support. It will be reviewed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 9. Letters of support are due by 3 PM on May 7.
Learn more about how you can take action.
March, 2018 — AB 1744 (McCarty) will be discussed at the Assembly Education Committee hearing on April 11. We need people to speak in support at the hearing, and to send letters of support by 3 PM on April 5.
February, 2018 — Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) has introduced AB 1744 to help increase the access and quality of after school programs for youth in California's most underserved communities through tax revenue from Prop. 64 - the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act of 2016, in which voters were told millions of dollars would be raised for after school programs.
21st century community learning centers (21st cclc)
September, 2018 — Congress protects 21st CCLC in FY 2019 and even adds $10 million. This paves the way for an additional ten thousand students to be served by quality after school programming through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative. Thank your Members of Congress.
July, 2018 — Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees voted to maintain full funding for 21st CCLC - $1.212 billion. Next, these spending bills will be considered by the full House and Senate. We thank the Members of Congress fighting against the Trump Administration’s continued attempts to eliminate funding for 21st Century Community Centers.
March, 2018 — Congress passed the FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which included $1.2 billion for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), an increase of $20 million over last year's budget. Take a moment to thank Congress and encourage them to keep fighting against President Trump's calls to eliminate funding in 2019.
February, 2018 — President Trump has called for the elimination of funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) in his 2019 budget blueprint. 21st CCLC is the only federal funding explicitly for expanded learning (after school and summer) programs. Many programs in California depend on this funding, particularly summer learning programs and programming for high school students (for which this is the only public funding source).
How you can help: Contact your federal representatives about this proposal that would result in thousands of jobs lost and hundreds of thousands of young people on the streets without a safe place to go after school.
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