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Message from ASTC CEO Anthony (Bud) Rock: Help Support the Preservation of Federal Funding for Afterschool Programs

Dear ASTC Member:

We received the following request from our colleagues at the Afterschool Alliance, asking that we join in responding to the Administration’s proposed cuts in afterschool programs. Please read the following note and offer your support if possible.

Best regards,

Anthony (Bud) Rock
ASTC President and CEO


Afterschool Advocates:

Thank you for joining us in the fight to preserve afterschool funding! With the President’s “skinny budget” proposing the elimination of afterschool funding for 1.6 million students, and House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees beginning the FY18 spending process, we are asking for your support of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative (21st CCLC).

Please add your organization to the sign-on letter calling for at least current funding of $1.16 billion for 21st CCLC within the FY18 House and Senate spending bills.

The deadline to sign on is Wednesday, March 29.

Please feel free to forward this email to other organizations who may be interested in signing the letter.

At this time we are asking that individual people NOT sign this letter, however individuals can take action here.

The 21st CCLC Program (Title IV Part B of the Every Student Succeeds Act) supports local school and community-based providers of afterschool and summer learning programs who provide quality programming to more than 1.6 million children in high-need communities. In every state and almost every Congressional district, 21st CCLC funding supports afterschool and summer learning programs that offer locally based school and community solutions that keep children and teenagers safe, inspire young people to learn, and support working families.

Please visit our updated homepage with press statements, talking points, action alerts, and more to help you advocate!

To see the impacts of the President’s proposed budget on students in your state click here.

Thank you for your support,

Erik Peterson, Vice President of Policy, and the Afterschool Alliance Team