1. write a letter:
send a letter to the senate budget subcommittee
We need letters of support for our request for increased funding for ASES. To save you time, we've created a letter template with highlighted fields to be customized by you. Please be sure to print it on your organization's letterhead and add your signature.
Letters are due by Thursday, May 4. Please email your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org AND fax it to (916) 651-4925.
2. attend a hearing
Show your support by attending the Senate Budget Subcommittee hearing:
Thursday, May 11, 9:30 AM, Room 3191
3. Join us at the afterschool & summer challenge
May 15 - 16, 2017: Join us in Sacramento at the California Afterschool & Summer Challenge. This is the one time during the year when the expanded learning field comes together to advocate for the issues impacting our work. There are options if you cannot make it both days. Click here for more information and to register.
4. share your story
Tell us what you are experiencing without an increase in ASES funding:
- After School Providers - complete this form
- Families - complete this form
- Or email us directly at email@example.com
5. ask your city council to support ases
Ask your city council to support more funding for ASES with a resolution.
6. ask your school district to support ases
Ask your school district to support more funding for ASES with a resolution.
7. Sign the Save After School petition
We support ASES programs and urge the State of California to provide additional funding for ASES.
California's After School Education and Safety (ASES) program supports over 4,000 elementary and middle schools offering afterschool and summer programs to more than 400,000 students daily.
Afterschool programs are essential to closing the achievement and opportunity gap. These programs are key partners for schools and families, providing underserved students with meaningful academic and enrichment activities, keeping kids safely off the streets during the prime time for juvenile crime, and offering necessary child care for working parents.
While the costs, demands, and expectations of ASES programs have consistently increased, the total funding and $7.50 per student daily rate have remained stagnant for a decade. As costs significantly outpace funding, ASES programs have been stretched to their breaking point. Currently, programs find it increasingly difficult to provide high-quality programming and risk being forced to close their doors altogether.
We/I support ASES programs and urge the State of California to provide additional funding for ASES.