Out-of-School Time (OST) programs need your support! President Trump’s budget is calling for an elimination of funds for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC). It is now up to Congress to either counter the cut or proceed to eliminate out-of-school time programs that families across the the nation rely on to keep kids safe and engaged during the afterschool and summer hours. In Utah, there are 9,870 students from 150 high-poverty communities who benefit from 21st CCLC programs who could be left without a reliable afterschool choice if the funding were cut
Over 20 million families nationwide want and need more out-of-school time learning opportunities. For every child that participates in a program, there are two waiting to get in. The closing of more than 10,000 21st CCLC funded OST programs will hurt families and children in every part of the country. Today, in Utah, over 99,000 children go home alone after the school day ends and the parents of 257,000 children say they would participate in afterschool if a program were available.
We ask you to take a stand, along with Utah Afterschool Network and Afterschool Alliance, to call on Congress to protect this funding. Find out who your representatives are here and email, call, or send a letter today.
Ways to take action:
Click here to send an email.
You can use this template letter to get you started.
Here is a script you can use to make a phone call to your representative.