In order to reach our goal of high-quality after school and summer programs for every child in Connecticut who needs them, we will need a significant investment of resources. The Connecticut After School Network advocates on behalf of increasing funding for after school and summer programs, as well as for the necessary infrastructure to support quality. In addition, we monitor all bills that might affect after school and summer program providers, and communicate these proposals to interested parties. Find your state and federal elected officials.


State Advocacy

The Connecticut General Assembly finished its regular legislative session without having completed a new state budget for the next two fiscal years starting July 1, 2017. Many state-funded programs that impact children and families, including afterschool grant funding, will be effected. Information is changing all the time, but as of the end of June, it looks like there is not a budget in sight. For the latest on the state budget, read the CT Mirror and CT News Junkie websites here:

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Federal Advocacy

Now more than ever before, members of Congress need to hear from you. With the great level of uncertainty in Washington, and the possible cuts to dedicated afterschool funding at 21st Century Community Learning Centers, it’s crucial that we have a diverse and broad set of voices telling Congress that afterschool programs are essential to student success.

Each year the Connecticut After School Network leads a group to lobby on Capitol Hill on behalf of afterschool and summer programs as part of the Afterschool Alliance’s Afterschool for All Challenge.

You can also take the Afterschool for All Challenge at home and amplify the voices of afterschool leaders on Capitol Hill by writing to your Congressional representatives with the easy-to-use form which will provided by the Afterschool Alliance here.

You can also reach them via Facebook and Twitter. You can retweet the Network’s posts (follow us @CTASN) or, for example, you could tweet this or something like it:

“For America to compete in the 21st century, we need to invest in the future: our children. #Invest3to6”

Reach our representatives using their Twitter handles:

Questions? Contact Michelle Doucette Cunningham at or 860-730-2941.

For all the latest federal policy news related to afterschool, check out the Afterschool Alliance’s website.

Ways to Get Involved