AB 2663 AB 2663

Update: February 2016

 

Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-09) introduced legislation to increase funding for After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs. AB 2663 declares the importance of ASES programs and the critical financial pressures they are struggling with after a decade of flat funding. To help keep quality ASES programs open, AB 2663 seeks to raise the ASES daily rate up from $7.50 to $8.50 per student per day, along with an ongoing COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment).

 

AB 2663 was introduced on February 19th, with several coauthors including Senator Loni Hancock, who introduced a similar bill in 2015.

 

We are grateful for Asm. Cooper’s commitment to quality after school programs. Last year, Asm. Cooper helped gather support from 24 Members of the Assembly and Senate to request a funding increase for ASES programs.

 

21st Century Community Learning Center Programs

 

21st Century Community Learning Center Programs

 

This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. For updates, visit the 21st CCLC website.

 

Active Hours Afterschool Active Hours Afterschool

 

This program provides tools and information about afterschool and healthy lifestyles, including local wellness policies and partnership opportunities. Programs can play an important role in promoting health, from physical activity to healthy snacks, and are therefore well-positioned as key partners in health initiatives. For information and updates, visit Active Hours Afterschool.

 

Every Student Succeeds Act Every Student Succeeds Act

Update: January 2016

 

The US Senate passed ESEA, now called ESSA: maintains 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program. By a strong bipartisan vote of 85 to 12, the US Senate passed the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which will now be called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The long delayed reauthorization of ESEA includes multiple provisions strengthening and supporting student access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs, including an update to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative.

 

After School Education and Safety Program (ASES) After School Education and Safety Program (ASES)

 

The After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program is the result of the 2002 voter-approved initiative, Proposition 49. This proposition amended California Education Code (EC) 8482 to expand and rename the former Before and After School Learning and Safe Neighborhood Partnerships Program. The ASES Program funds the establishment of local afterschool education and enrichment programs. These programs are created through partnerships between schools and local community resources to provide literacy, academic enrichment, and safe constructive alternatives for students in kindergarten through ninth grade (K-9). Funding is designed to: (1) maintain existing before and after school program funding; and (2) provide eligibility to all elementary and middle schools that submit qualifying applications throughout California. The current funding level for the ASES program is $550 million. For information and updates, go to the ASES website.

 

Afterschool & the Economic Recovery Act Afterschool & the Economic Recovery Act. An economic recovery bill passed by the U.S. Congress includes many potential opportunities – upwards of $1 billion – that could support afterschool programs and efforts. Learn about the bill’s contents and what needs to occur to make sure afterschool is eligible for these funds. Please visit the Afterschool & Economic Recovery & Reinvestment Act page.

 

Investment in Rural Afterschool Programs Act Investment in Rural Afterschool Programs Act

 

Rural communities face many unique challenges when it comes to caring for their children. From transportation, to lack of community resources, to hunger, there are very specific needs that must be considered by organizations serving children in rural America. Afterschool programs are uniquely positioned to meet the needs of young people in rural communities. The Afterschool Alliance is working with Congress to create a funding stream specifically for afterschool programs in rural communities. Learn more and visit the Investment in Rural Afterschool Programs Act fact sheet.

 

Afterschool Partnerships Improve Results in Education (ASPIRE) Act Afterschool Partnerships Improve Results in Education (ASPIRE) Act

 

The Afterschool Partnerships Improve Results in Education (ASPIRE) bill, S. 2785, would provide dedicated grant funding for quality afterschool programs that serve older youth at the middle and high school levels. As the nation struggles to improve high school achievement and prepare the next generation for college and the 21st century workforce, it is clear that a focus on older students during these transition years is critical for long-term success. Quality afterschool programs designed specifically for older youth can make a difference in keeping students engaged in the learning process.  Unfortunately, communities across the country were forced to make difficult choices with limited funding for afterschool programs, leaving older youth with fewer options. For more information please read this After School Partnerships Improve Results in Education Act (ASPIRE Act) Fact Sheet.

 

Youth Promises Act
AB 547 (Salas)

 

AB 547 (Salas)

 

This bill, originated by the California Department of Education After School Division, adds career exploration to the list of activities that may satisfy the academic assistance element of 21st CCLC High School ASSETs programs.

 

AB 626 (Skinner)

 

AB 626 (Skinner)

 

AB 626 is a larger school nutrition bill and includes just one small piece of legislation relevant to afterschool. As it pertains to afterschool programs, a recent amendment from the author provided that afterschool meals must meet Federal nutrition guidelines, rather than State nutrition guidelines for snacks, as originally proposed. The bill was also amended to change the certification requirement for ASES and ASSETs programs from “inclusion of snack” to “inclusion of snack or meal.” Current law only addresses snacks, not meals.

 

For bill history, status, legislative analysis, and text, please read the AB 626 Fact Sheet.

 

SB 429 (DeSaulnier) SB 429 (DeSaulnier)

 

California Senate Bill 429 (SB 429) passed the Senate Education Committee with a 7-1 vote on April 13, 2011. SB 429 offers afterschool grantees with supplemental grants the flexibility to address student and community needs during the summer months. Since the supplemental grants have already been allocated to these programs, there is no cost for this flexibility. The bill would allow programs to operate extended days, open programs to students throughout the district and operate at approved sites in the community.

 

Low-income children are disproportionately impacted by learning loss and other risks during the summer months. Budget cuts have forced districts to significantly reduce or eliminate summer school, which affects After School Education and Safety and 21st Century Community Learning Center grantees’ ability to provide critical summer learning programs. For more information, read the SB429 fact sheet.

 

SB 1221 (Hancock)

 

SB 1221 (Hancock)

Updated: September 2014

 

This bill requires no new funding, as it is funded within existing state and federal programs. SB 1221 improve expanded learning programs’ impact on students by:

·      Addressing summer learning loss by focusing resources on summer and year-round programming.

·      Strengthening program quality by requiring data-driven local quality improvement plans.

·      Leveraging state data systems to improve transparency on program effectiveness and student needs.

·      Updating program administration to support local programming needs.

For more information, read the SB 1221 fact sheet.

 

Join CVAF for CalSAC’s Annual Afterschool Challenge Every May
For the past few years, CVAF has been actively involved as advisory committee members for California School-Age Consortium’s (CalSAC) Annual Afterschool Challenge. This event, held at the end of May in Sacramento, is aimed at educating and empowering professionals, youth and parents to engage in grassroots advocacy statewide and locally to advance out-of-school time learning. Participants will learn more about the legislative process and issues currently impacting the out-of-school time field, and will educate legislators across the state about the importance of out-of school time programs. For more information, contact Dr. Kim Boyer .

Contact Local Elected Officials
It is important to advocate and bring awareness to afterschool and out-of-school-time learning programs in our area. We encourage legislative officials to visit programs in our area. For more information about our local elected officials, go to www.fresno.gov/ 

California Afterschool Policy Updates
A great way to stay informed about afterschool policy is to join the policy committee with the California Afterschool Network, which provides timely, objective updates on state and federal budgets and policies impacting after school programs. Visit the California Afterschool Network website for more information.

CVAF recommends the following sources for further statewide legislative information:

Join Central Valley Afterschool’s Policy Advisory Group

The Policy Advisory Group is comprised of afterschool professionals who are interested in staying abreast of policy issues that affect children and youth, as well as provide a voice in the Central Valley. The group consists of representatives across multiple counties and convenes throughout the year primarily via phone conferences. If you are interested in joining the Policy Advisory Group, contact kboyer@centralvalleyafterschool.org