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.
The Connecticut General Assembly is meeting until June 7, 2017 and will be making many decisions that effect afterschool and summer programs, from state funding to child care licensing. The Connecticut After School Network is leading the charge to save the $4.8 million dollars of state funding for afterschool programs.
The Network is the voice of afterschool at the Capitol, but we can’t do it alone. We need your voices and letters to testify on important bills and to join us on February 21, 2017 for to testify to the Appropriations Committee about the importance of after school grant funding.
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 http://bit.ly/1A6PnjF”
Reach our representatives using their Twitter handles:
Questions? Contact Michelle Doucette Cunningham at email@example.com or 860-730-2941.
For all the latest federal policy news related to afterschool, check out the Afterschool Alliance’s website.
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GET THE FACTS:
- Supporting Student Success in Connecticut: A Blueprint for Expanded Learning Opportunities
- 2015 Legislative Agenda
- Talking Points on the state-funded After School Grant Program
- Fact Sheet on the Benefits of After School
- Sample testimony submitted by Network in 2013
- Sample testimony submitted by Network in 2014
- Guide to Testifying at a Public Hearing
- List of Appropriations Committee members
- Draft Summer Learning Grant Program Bill Language
- Tips for Calling your Legislator