21st CCLC Program preserved and increased in federal budget through September
On May 4, 2017 Congress passed its final fiscal year (FY) 2017 omnibus spending bill and the President signed the budget bill into law on May 5th, avoiding a government shutdown. Congress increased 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding by $25 million over the FY2016 level, to $1.19 billion. This increase is especially noteworthy following President Trump’s proposal to eliminate the program in his FY2018 budget preview, which drove friends of afterschool to reach out to Congress with more than 57,000 calls and emails, energized supporters to turn out at town halls in their communities, and prompted more than 1,400 local, state, and national organizations to sign a letter in support of Community Learning Centers. This budget only funds the government through September 30, 2017. The Congress and President now turn their attention to the FY 2018 budget, the year that President Trump proposed to eliminate the 21st CCLC Program.