21CCLC Program Funding is Included in Senate ESEA Bill

This week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill to include funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC). This funding was not included in the original proposal for the ESEA’s reauthorization or the US House of Representative’s original version of the bill. That version of the bill was withdrawn earlier this year.

Across the country, about 1.6 million students participate in 21CCLC programs, which offer tutoring, physical activities, hands-on STEM and art enrichment activities and more. To qualify for the grant, program providers must offer at least 300 hours of expanded day programs during the school year.

Support for this amendment was bipartisan and Jodi Grant of the Afterschool Alliance said that this “is powerful evidence that senators on both sides of the political aisle understand the vital role that high-quality after-school, before-school and summer learning programs play in the lives of our children, families and communities,” she said in a prepared statement.

Grant does emphasize that “today’s victory does not mean that after-school funding is out of danger.” The 21CCLC funding still has to survive the entire Senate, followed by a conference committee of both houses of Congress.

 

Read an EdSource article, “Federal After-School Funding Preserved For Now” for other information.