Facts and Updates
21st CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS VITAL TO IDAHO COMMUNITIES
Marie Hattaway, Program Director, Idaho AfterSchool Network, a program of Jannus, Inc
Despite the recent Congressional resolution to fund critical educational programs through September 2017, 21st Century Community Learning Centers are still at risk. Recently, President Trump unveiled his proposed budget, calling on Congress to cease funding to 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), a cut that will impact youth and families in many Idaho communities. Although, 21st CCLC and other critical education programs have been given a reprieve until the fall, Congress is still weighing what budget cuts may come.
Idaho currently has more than 90 afterschool program sites supported with 21st CCLC funding. These funds establish community learning centers that offer out-of-school academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for children and families; particularly in high-poverty and/or low-performing school districts. Many of these programs are offered directly within our schools. Communities benefitting from these programs may not be aware that critical afterschool programs may not exist when their children return to school this fall.
Out-of-school programs, including 21st CCLC’s can be powerful. Research shows that consistent access to high quality out-of-school programing can close the achievement gap; improve academic performance; increase high school graduation rates; improve healthy activity and advance social and emotional adjustment. A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) verified that these benefits are associated with youth who attend 21st CCLCs for at least 60 days or more.
By the time a child reaches the age of 18, they will have spent nearly 80 percent of their waking hours outside of the classroom. What we offer youth in our communities outside of the school day is just as valuable to their future as what we offer in the classroom. Further, when youth are left without supervision and structure, idle time can turn to less desirable activities. Studies also show out-of-school programs decrease substance use, teen pregnancy and juvenile crimes. A cut to 21st CCLC’s may cause an increase in these activities...
Share Your Story
If you are a student, volunteer, parent or work with a 21st CCLC, we want to hear from you! Share your story about how a 21st CCLC in your community has impacted you, kids and.or families. We love to use stories and examples that help showcase the work you do, and the impact that 21st CCLC programs have on Idaho’s youth.
Share your opinion with those making the decisions
Another way you can help support 21st CCLC is by taking a moment to share your story and opinion about 21st CCLC program with Idaho's Congressional delegation. Let's make sure they understand our kids are worth this investment. Dont' forget to share where you live, and of course always be respectful. Their job isn't easy.
Click here to get the contact infomation for Idaho's Senators, Mike Crapo and James Risch. If you live in Idaho's First Congressional District contact Rep. Raul Labrador and if you live in Idahos second Congressional District, contact Mike Simpson. Did you know? Congressman Mike Simpson (CD2) sits on the House Appropriation committee which oversees the education budget, so he will be facing this issue first. Not sure what Congressional District you live in? Click here.
Show case or support 21st CCLCs in your community!
If you are fortunate to have a 21st CCLC in your community, make sure your community knows it! Invite administrators, families, youth and public officials into the program, organize a open house, put on a talent show or science fair.