Advocacy ARCHIVE

  • October 24th is the 20th Anniversary of Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide event to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs for America’s children, families and communities. Have you registered your event? It’s not too late! After this week, the printer can’t guarantee that your posters will arrive before October 24. Register your celebration […]

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  • State After School Grant increased by $1 million! The Connecticut General Assembly completed the 2019 legislative session at midnight last night and passed a budget bill that Governor Lamont is expected to sign. The line item for the State Department of Education’s After School Grants was increased from $4,720,695 to $5,720,695 for the upcoming year. […]

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  • This past Friday Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro stopped by the Martinez 21st Century Community Learning Center (21CCLC) in New Haven to do some gardening with the children. Students were making Mother’s Day flowerpots and planting seeds for gifts for the upcoming holiday. Though it was a cloudy day, the smiles on the children’s faces brought sunshine […]

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  • The Connecticut General Assembly kicked off its 2019 session on Wednesday, January 9, and will finish on June 5. Governor Lamont has released his proposed budget (Click here to see the entire proposal, and here for his budget address). For CSDE’s After School Grants, the line item is flat funded at $4,720,695  for each of […]

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  • Want to ensure that afterschool programs are funded? Want to expand funding for summer programs? Have ideas about state laws that impact afterschool and summer programs for kids? Join the Connecticut After School Network for its first Advocacy Task Force conference call of 2019. Learn about what we have planned for the upcoming state legislative […]

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  • Celebrate the 19th annual Lights On Afterschool Oct. 25, 2018! Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.  The Afterschool Alliance […]

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  • The Office for Early Childhood which oversees child care centers including after school programs has two different, but both vitally important, opportunities for you to provide feedback: Draft Licensing Regulations: Some big changes on these including to head teacher certification https://surveyentrance.com/run/oc/p2203g/start Child Care Development Fund Plan 2019-2021: Concerns Care4Kids and also state investment in quality […]

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  • The first ever mural contest for after school programs was held earlier this year and we are pleased to announce the following winners: K – 2nd:  Tender Care Learning Center, Avon “Reach for the Stars” 3rd – 5th:  Co-Winners Every Kid Counts After School Program, New Britain “After School Makes You Grow” Manchester Early Learning […]

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  • With spring just around the corner, I cannot help but think forward to the summer. The summer often gets glorified for students as a time full of fun in the sun. However, the summer is not a fun vacation for everyone. A lot of students are left at home to keep an eye on the […]

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  • The Connecticut After School Network released it’s new report “Why Summer Matters: Summer Programs in Connecticut” today. The full report can be found here.

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