From: The Honorable David N. Cicilline
Sent By:
matthew.mcginn@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/28/2017

Deadline: Noon April 4, 2017

 

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in sending a letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related Agencies in support of a total funding
level of $1.167 billion for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)  Program in Fiscal Year 2018, equal to spending under current law. 

Many students and working families across American rely on the 21st CCLC program to provide afterschool and summer learning opportunities.  The program enjoys bipartisan support,
and was recently reauthorized in the Every Student Succeeds Act, which was signed into law on December 10, 2015.

Students who regularly attend these programs have better grades and behavior in school, better peer relations and emotional well-being, and lower incidences of drug-use, violence,
and pregnancy.  The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) recently analyzed 75 studies of 68 afterschool programs, and found that students showed improved behavior and performed better academically than students who did not participate
in the program.  Additionally, working families depend on afterschool programming to ensure their children are in a safe environment during non-school hours – allowing them to excel at their jobs without having to worry about their kids. 

That’s why it’s disappointing that the Administration’s budget eliminated this crucial program.  This would deny roughly 1.6 million children and their families access to
afterschool programming.

The demand for quality afterschool experiences far exceeds the availability, and Congress should provide ample funding for 21st CCLCs so that more children will have the option
of high-quality, safe, afterschool, and summer learning opportunities critical to their success in school and in life.  If you would like to cosign this request, or have any further questions, please contact Matt McGinn (matthew.mcginn@mail.house.gov)
in Congressman Cicilline’s office, or Katie Branson (katie.branson@mail.house.gov) in Congressman Barletta’s office.

 

Sincerely,

 

David N. Cicilline                                                                                           Lou Barletta

Member of Congress                                                                                       Member of Congress

 

 

 

 

Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:

As you begin work on the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018, we ask that you continue to strongly
support funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program.  Specifically, we ask that you provide funding of no less than $1.167 billion, which is equivalent to the current funding level.  The Subcommittee’s support for 21st CCLC’s
is especially crucial this year, given the Administration’s proposal to eliminate funding for the program.  This would be devastating to families across the country who rely on afterschool and summer learning programs.

The dedicated funding stream for afterschool programming provided by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program ensures that children have access to services which
provide extended learning time, foster the development of critical thinking and other essential skills, and provide many children with meals and healthy snacks.  The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) recently analyzed 75 studies
of 68 afterschool programs, and found that students showed improved behavior and performed better academically than students who did not participate in the program.  Students who regularly attend these programs have better grades and behavior in school, better
peer relations and emotional well-being, and lower incidences of drug-use, violence, and pregnancy.

More and more working families rely on 21st CCLC’s each year to ensure their children are in a safe environment during non-school hours, allowing them to excel in their jobs.
Parents with children who utilize afterschool programs tend to be more productive and miss fewer work days.

Eliminating funding for 21st CCLC’s would deny access to afterschool programming to 1.6 million children throughout the nation.  This program is supported in Congress on a
bipartisan basis, and, according to Afterschool Alliance, four out of five parents support public funding for afterschool programming.  Preserving this program helps ensure a healthy economy, stronger communities, and improved educational outcomes.

Thank you for your continued support for afterschool programming.  We ask that the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee ensure that
the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program remains a vital resource to communities with a funding level of at least $1.167 billion in FY 2018.

Sincerely,