CAN Policy Newsletter – Back to School!
September 5, 2019
For many of us school is back in session which is a great time to kick off your advocacy efforts. Our state legislature and Congress are also back in the swing of things and making crucial decisions that impact our youth.
Last Friday, AB 1085 (McCarty), which would help ensure that a portion of tax revenue from legal cannabis sales go to afterschool programs serving grades K-12 to prevent and reduce youth substance use, passed out of Senate Appropriations Committee with a 7-0 vote. Be sure to take to social media this week to thank our Senators for their support and Assemblymember McCarty for his continued role as a champion of after school! More details to come soon – be sure to follow CAN and Save After School on Twitter to stay in the loop.
The state budget signed by Governor Newsom includes $50 million
in additional funding for state after school
programs because of YOU. Thank you for raising your voice to
help children succeed in school and support working parents who
depend on publicly funded after school programs for quality child
The funding in the budget provides temporary relief to keep after school programs open this year, but it falls short of what programs need to provide high-quality service in future years.
Rally to save after school!
Join us March 9-10, 2020 in Sacramento for the California Afterschool & Summer Challenge. Youth, parents, educators, and advocates will gather to call on legislators to support afterschool and summer programs across the state. Learn more.
President Trump’s budget calls for eliminating federal funding for local afterschool and summer programs. If the funding is not maintained, nearly two million children and families would be left without reliable afterschool choices. The House of Representatives has rejected that proposal and instead passed an increase that will allow 100,000 more children to access local afterschool and summer learning programs funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative.
With Congress returning this month, the first thing on their agenda will be passing fiscal year 2020 spending bills. Now is the time to make the case to Senate appropriators about the importance and value of federal support for afterschool and summer learning programs.
How you can share the importance of afterschool programs:
This October 24 marks the 20th Lights On Afterschool!
Lights On is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. It is a great opportunity to keep our momentum going, raise more awareness in your community, and help mobilize support for afterschool at the local, state, and federal levels! Legislators will be in their districts, looking for ways to connect with the community.