1. write a letter of support
We have an immediate opportunity to show how many people across California care about afterschool. We need as many supporters as possible to submit letters of support for 2 separate committees. Ask your networks and communities to show their support by writing letters of support as well.
SHARE YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE BUDGET REQUEST FOR ASES:
Customize this letter on your organization's letterhead. Email your letter to us and we will submit it to the Budget Subcommittees on Education.
Letters are due by 3 PM Tuesday, March 19.
SHARE YOUR SUPPORT FOR AB 1085 (MCCARTY):
OPTION 1: Add your organization to the coalition letter of support: Email us your organization's name, address, phone number, email address, and logo before 3 PM Tuesday, March 19 and your organization will be included in our coalition's letter. (view the coalition letter of support)
OPTION 2: Submit your letter directly online (organizations or individuals): Customize this letter template (letters from organizations should be on letterhead and have a signature) and submit on the Legislative Advocates Website by 5 PM Tuesday, March 19. Here is a reference guide to walk you through the steps.
2. speak in the legislature
Add your voice in support of afterschool programs during the public comment sections at hearings in Sacramento. Even if you’ve never spoken at a hearing before, our children and families in afterschool need your voice.
Tuesday, Mar. 26 - Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education - Afterschool budget request on the agenda, 9:00 AM, Room 447
Wednesday, Mar. 27 - Assembly Education will vote on AB 1085 (McCarty) to help prioritize Prop. 64 revenue for afterschool, 1:30 PM, Room 4202
Let us know if you can make it to either hearing, and if you have any questions.
3. Reach out to your legislators
Fall is the perfect time to reach out to your local, state, and federal policymakers and their staff. The relationships you build and strengthen are critical to the sustainability of your program.
Note: Sharing this document is NOT considered lobbying. It is intended to educate readers on the sustainability and impact of after school and summer, and it doesn't push for a specific piece of legislation or funding request.
4. Sign the petition to save after school
Tell the Governor and the Legislature that you support increased funding for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program this year. You can add your name as an individual, an organization, or both. More than 380 organizations and 2,441 individuals have already shared their support for more funding for ASES programs and the students and families they serve. Complete the form below to add your name [see full text below]:
By completing the survey above, you have agreed to add your name to the following petition:
California’s After School Education and Safety (ASES) program supports over 4,200 elementary and middle schools offering after school and summer programs to more than 400,000 students daily.
After school 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 since the creation of ASES, funding for the program has not kept paced. Programs find it increasingly difficult to provide high-quality programming and risk being forced to close their doors altogether.
We the undersigned organizations and individuals, support ASES programs and urge the State of California to increase the ASES daily rate.
5. share your story
Tell us what you are experiencing in your after school program: