Time To Act: Help Stop the Elimination of Federal Funding for Afterschool
The Ask: Reach out to your US Congressional representative TODAY and ask them to support the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program.
The Why: President Trump's proposed budget eliminates funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, the only dedicated federal funding for afterschool, before school, and summer learning. It's now up to Congress to counter the cut-or eliminate 21st CCLC thereby getting rid of programs relied on by families across the nation to keep kids safe and engaged.
If enacted, nearly two million children - and 20,000 in Indiana - would lose access to the high quality afterschool, before school, and summer learning programs they need. Fortunately, the president's proposal faces hurdles in Congress, but your lawmakers need to hear from you! Reach out to your Congressmen TODAY to let them know that these programs are vital to our state.
Messaging: Contact Congress Today!
Or better yet, call their offices and leave a message with their aid!
The Message: Please support the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program, the only federal funding for afterschool, before school, and summer learning programs, in the FY18 and final FY17 budgets. If eliminated, nearly two million children - and 20,000 in Indiana - would lose access to the high quality afterschool, before school, and summer learning programs that help put them on a path to success in college, career, and life.
The evidence is clear:
21st Century Community Learning Centers across the country help our students reach their full potential.
Thank you for your service and for your leadership for the children of Indiana.
- INDIANA 21CCLC EVIDENCE: Indiana University's 2014-2015 study of afterschool programs serving 20,531 (K-12) students showed the following results:
- Students who attend Indiana programs for 60 days or longer have higher grades and higher passage rates for ISTEP+ (the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus exam).
- Among teachers of Indiana students participating in programs:
- 70% reported that students improved their academic performance
- 69% reported an improvement in completing homework to teacher's satisfaction
- 66% reported an improvement in turning in homework on time
- Each dollar invested in afterschool saves up to $9 by increasing young people's learning potential, improving student performance in school, and reducing crime and welfare costs. (source link)
- FURTHER EVIDENCE: Find a wealth of information within Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success, a compendium of studies, reports and commentaries by more than 100 thought leaders.
Contact Information for Indiana US Legislators
Identify your district HERE.
(click on web link below to access email contact form)
Visclosky, Peter (D-1)
Merrillville (219) 795-1844
Walorski, Jackie (R-2)
Mishawaka (574) 204-2645
Rochester (574) 223-4373
Banks, Jim (R-3)
Fort Wayne 260-702-4750
Rokita, Todd (R-4)
Brooks, Susan W. (R-5)
Messer, Luke (R-6)
Carson, André (D-7)
Bucshon, Larry (R-8)
Terre Haute 812-232-0523
Hollingsworth, Trey (R-9)
US SenateDonnelly, Joe (D - IN)
720 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
DC (202) 224-4814
Evansville (812) 425-5813
Fort Wayne (260) 420-4955
Hammond (219) 852-0089
Indianapolis (317) 226-5555
Jeffersonville (812) 284-2027
South Bend (574) 288-2780
Young, Todd (R - IN)
400 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
THANK YOU, for continuing to share your stories of impact with policymakers.
And, thank you for all you do to make Indiana a better place for youth and families!
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