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As Unmet Demand for Programs Continues to Rise, Legislators Create Bi-Partisan Caucus; Stakeholders Meet in Harrisburg
Harrisburg, Pa. (May 5, 2015) – Nearly 200 advocates including students, parents, educators, program providers, community leaders, policy makers, business and faith-based leaders and others from across Pennsylvania came together at the capitol to highlight the importance of afterschool and out-of-school time youth development. A major new study from the Afterschool Alliance found that, despite rapid growth in afterschool participation, for every Pennsylvania child enrolled in an afterschool program, there are at least two more waiting to get in. Currently there are 811,954 kids whose parents would enroll their child, if a program were available. Co-chairs Senator John Yudichak (D-14), Senator Ryan Aument (R-36), Representative Mindy Fee (R-37) and Representative Jake Wheatley (D-39) announced the formation of a bicameral bi-partisan Afterschool Caucus. Read More
Pennsylvania 2011-12 – more than 23,000 youth participated in 21st CCLC programs
Of utmost concern to parents, student, providers and friends of afterschool and summer learning programs is the proposed elimination of 21st CCLC, presently the only federal program dedicated to proving students in grades preK-12 with quality enrichment, academic programming and a wide range of student support during the hours when school is out, including afterschool, weekends, holidays and over the summer. The Afterschool Alliance is concerned with Senator Alexander’s proposed draft ESEA bill and instead recommends reauthorization of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Without a separate funding stream specifically targeting learning outside the school day, essential learning opportunities that are helping more than 1.5 million young people better prepare for college, careers and life will disappear.