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

State Budget: The Connecticut General Assembly kicked off its 2018 session on Wednesday, February 7, and will finish on May 9. The Governor has released his proposed budget (see the entire proposal here). The proposal annualizes approximately $181.6 million in holdbacks for the current fiscal year, which include cuts to line items that fund nonprofits, as well as additional cuts. For CSDE’s After School Grants, there are no proposed changes to grant amounts because the holdback happened before the current grants were awarded, so in effect, the after school grant line would be flat funded at $4,602,678 for fiscal year 2018-19 if the Governor’s proposal is adopted.

To support the continued funding of the After School Grants, we are recommending you submit written testimony via email toto the Appropriations’ Education subcommittee for their Thursday, February 22 public hearing. Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to, please cc us ( and include in the subject line use: “In support of CSDE after school funding”).

Summer Learning Grants: The Connecticut After School Network is coordinating efforts this year to pass new legislation to create Summer Learning Grants that align with the After School Grants passed in 2007. We will release a new report on “Why Summer Matters: Summer Programs in Connecticut” at a legislative breakfast on Wednesday, February 28 from 8-10 am. If you are interested in attending and inviting your legislators, please rsvp by emailing and we will send you an evite you can share with your legislators. See the column to the right for resources to support advocacy for the creation of a Summer Learning Grant program.

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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. For all the latest on advocacy at the federal level, check out the take action section of the Afterschool Alliance website.

It’s always a good idea to let your Congressional representatives know you support afterschool and summer programs, and you can 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, @SenBlumenthal we need to invest in the future: our children. #AfterschoolWorks @CTASN @afterschool4all”

Reach our representatives using their Twitter handles:

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

Ways to Get Involved