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PA Afterschool Delegation Works the Halls of Congress

On June 7, more than 20 Pennsylvania afterschool advocates met with staff from Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Patrick Toomey (R-Pa.), as well as Congressmen Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Robert Brady (D-Pa.) and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.). Advocates spoke compellingly about the need for high quality and safe afterschool programs, while youth advocates recounted the many ways afterschool, out-of-school time and summer learning programs help them not only academically, but also in developing stronger healthy behaviors and an opportunity to learn meaningful social skills.

21st Century Community Learning Centers were at the top of the list. President Trump has threatened to completely cut the program. It was encouraging to hear not everyone in Congress believes it is a wise move to make. Senator Casey and Congressman Brady support the House proposal that includes increased funding for 21st CCLC. Senator Toomey supports child protection in schools, school choice and is a supporter of early childhood education.



2017-20 Cohort 9 RFA

Important Dates
• Letter of intent due: May 4, 2017
• Applications due: May 26, 2017
• Grant period: October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2020

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant is a competitive grant that provides federal funding to establish community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for students and their families. These opportunities must occur during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session to help students attending high-poverty and low-performing schools to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects. Centers must also offer students a broad array of activities that can complement their regular academic programs, to offer literacy and other educational services to their families.