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Critical Year Afterschool for All Challenge

Every year, hundreds of afterschool advocates attend the two-day event Afterschool for All Challenge, hosted by the Afterschool Alliance, in Washington D.C. The first day advocates attended workshops and celebrated out-of-school time programs and congressional afterschool champions. The second day, state delegations – comprised of afterschool administrators, staff, parents and youth – met with legislators at Capitol Hill to advocate for afterschool.

Advocating for afterschool has never been more important with the president’s proposed “zero budgeting” of 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC). This summer, there are more opportunities to continue the discussion on the importance of 21st CCLCs and have elected officials visit facilities. Take a look at next steps for summer advocacy and important dates to plan ahead.



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.