1. write a letter:
SEND A LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR SB 78
We need letters of support for the first hearing of SB 78, introduced by Senator Leyva to raise the ASES daily rate. The bill will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on April 19.
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.
When you're finished, please scan and email your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to (916) 445-7799. Letters are due by noon on Friday, April 14.
Your letter makes a difference; write one today!
Send a letter to the Assembly Budget Subcommittee
Letters are due by Tuesday, April 18. Please email your letter to email@example.com AND fax it to (916) 319-2107.
send a letter to the senate budget subcommittee
Letters are due by Thursday, May 4. Please email your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org AND fax it to (916) 651-4925.
2. Join our advocacy webinar
Do you want to be more involved in state advocacy efforts to increase ASES funding but don't know how? Do you want to learn advocacy strategies for building support and investment for you after school program? Join our webinar on Thursday, March 30, from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon to find out how you can help build awareness and funding for your program. Register here.
3. attend a hearing
Show your support by attending a legislative hearing:
- Senate Education Committee Hearing
Wednesday, April 19, 9:00 AM, Room 4203
- Assembly Budget Subcommittee #2
Tuesday, April 25, 9:00 AM, Room 444
- Senate Budget Subcommittee #1
Thursday, May 11, 9:30 AM, Room 3191
4. 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.