21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Update:
We have great news for afterschool programs in New York and across the country! On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Every Student Succeeds Act, better known as ESSA, contains language that strengthens and supports student access to quality afterschool and summer programs by preserving a dedicated funding stream for the 21st CCLC program.
The future of the 21st CCLC program was threatened in early 2015 when the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), which eliminated dedicated funding for the 21st CCLC program. Thanks to advocates and champions across the country, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously approved an amendment to preserve the program, which made it’s way into the final ESSA bill that was passed by the House and Senate, and signed into law by the President.
We couldn’t be more proud of our partners and advocates who dedicated their time towards preserving New York’s largest funding stream for afterschool and summer programs. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, children across the state and country will continue to have access to these high-quality opportunities outside of the traditional school day.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator Chuck Schumer
Representative Yvette Clark
Representative Joe Crowley
Representative Eliot Engel
Representative Brian Higgins
Representative Nita Lowey, Co-Chair of the Afterschool Caucus