Resources to Save Afterschool
Whether you’re trying to explain the benefits of afterschool and the need for adequate funding to your member of congress,
your state assemblymember, your mayor, your superintendent, or your neighbor, we hope you’ll find what you need here.
California’s After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs serve nearly half a million children every day in the highest poverty communities. But without an increase in funding, 1 in 4 programs are likely to close, denying access to 91,000 children.
Save Afterschool is advocating for an additional $112.8 million in state funding, with increases tied to the increasing minimum wage and cost of living.
California voters were told that millions of dollars would be raised for afterschool programs through the passage of Proposition 64, the legalization and taxation of adult use of marijuana.
Save Afterschool is fighting to make sure that lawmakers know that afterschool programs prevent and reduce youth substance use and abuse so that programs get their fair share of funding from these new taxes.
California combines state funding with the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) funds to serve nearly 860,000 children and youth. 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).
Despite strong bipartisan support, President Trump has repeatedly called for the elimination of 21st CCLC funding.
Save Afterschool supports the continued investment in this federal funding for afterschool and summer programs. See Afterschool Alliance’s toolkit for resources.