Advocacy ARCHIVE

  • 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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  • UPDATE 2/22/18.  The Education Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. in Room 1E of the LOB.  For more detailed information click here. UPDATE 2/21/18. The Education Committee has raised the summer learning grant bill that we support. Raised House Bill 5168. A public hearing will be scheduled soon. The Connecticut After […]

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  • After 117 days without a state budget, the Connecticut General Assembly has passed a veto-proof, bipartisan budget and sent it to Governor Malloy. The state-funded afterschool line is in there for $4.7 million, only a small cut from last year. (Here’s the actual bill that passed.) As with any budget there are winners and losers, and […]

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  • Update on Funding for State After School Grants: The Governor and the State Legislature continue to negotiate on the final state budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2017. While the legislature is not considering the original proposal to block grant the funds by combining it with five other programs, the afterschool line item […]

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  • From the Afterschool Alliance: Late last night, after a weekend of negotiations, the House released a $1.070 trillion omnibus spending bill, which will fund the government through September 30, 2017. Votes on the bill are expected this week in order to avoid a government shutdown when the continuing resolution expires at the end of the day on Friday, May 5. The […]

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  • “This year, my Valentine is to a program that makes all the difference for me and for my family,” So began West Valley City, Utah, resident Amanda Owens in her Salt Lake Tribune letter-to-the editor in 2015. The “program” she went on to describe was her son’s afterschool program, run by the Community Education Partnership. […]

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