President Trump’s Budget Eliminates 21st CCLC Funding
President Trump released his fiscal year 2018 budget last week, which seeks to eliminate 19 agencies and 60 programs including the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) initiative. 21st CCLC funds local afterschool programs in all 50 states. Elimination of the initiative would devastate the 1.6 million children and families (specifically about 7,000 Kansas youth) that stand to lose access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs.
The budget proposal, titled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” attempts to justify the proposed elimination of Community Learning Centers by claiming that a lack of evidence exists that links the program to increase student achievement. In fact, over a decade of data and evaluation provides compelling evidence that 21st CCLC afterschool programs do yield positive outcomes for participating children.
The Afterschool Alliance is asking afterschool and summer learning program supporters to take action now. The organization is also asking local, state, or national organizations to sign onto the letter of support.