California Afterschool Advocacy Brief
The California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance (CA3) has recently released a brief which supports the funding of afterschool programs through the use of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The brief argues that using LCFF dollars would expand programs to a wider range of schools across California, therefore increasing the reach to students, and enhance program quality.
With evidence from California-specific research, the brief outlines three primary reasons why the LCFF funds should be used towards afterschool programs:
1. High-quality afterschool programs can serve high-risk students identified by LCFF
2. The money invested will pay itself off as communities benefiting approximately $13 from every dollar invested
3. Afterschool programs can address at least 6 out of the 8 priorities of LCFF including: Pupil Achievement, Pupil Engagement, School Climate, Pupil Subject Area Outcomes, Common Core Implementation, and Parental Involvement.
4. Afterschool programs can effectively use funding in order to optimize program quality through expanding programs, increasing access to students, and integrating programs into year-round curriculum.
To read the entire brief, click here.