1. Join the lights on afterschool movement
Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating after school programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. This is the perfect opportunity to reach out to 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.
2. 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.
3. share your story
Tell us what you are experiencing in your after school program: