January 27, 2015
The California Department of Education (CDE) After School Division (ASD) is mapping the Landscape of Technical Assistance (TA) for Expanded Learning Opportunity programs in California. This Landscape will describe current technical assistance services by region, strategy, and area of focus (e.g. content area and target audience). The Landscape will estimate the current reach of technical assistance services and the potential for expansion among identified providers across California. ASD is requesting that TA providers complete a brief survey detailing organizational and service information. The survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete, and data will be collected through March 2015. Learn more about the project.
On December 13th, Congress passed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, which decreased overall funding to the Department of Education while increasing funding through FY15 to 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) by $2.3 million, bringing the total allocation to $1.152 billion. As a result, youth nationwide will have increased access to quality expanded learning programs. Other funding streams supported by the bill include STEM, Title I, Child Nutrition Programs, and AmeriCorps and State and National Grants. Learn more by accessing an Afterschool Alliance blog on the Appropriations Act.
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenessee) introduced a draft Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill which would replace the 2001 No Child Left Behind Law. The “Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015,” proposes to eliminate a range of existing programs including the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program which currently funds year-round expanded learning programs including the High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETS) program in California.