Federal Policy Update

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is the law authorizing education programs, including 21st CCLC, Supplemental Education Services (SES) and other initiatives that support afterschool programs.  ESEA, formerly No Child Left Behind (NCLB), is currently in the process of being reauthorized by Congress, meaning that the goals and suggested funding levels of these efforts are being reviewed for changes.  The Afterschool Alliance has developed recommendations for changes in the law to better support afterschool programs.  Read about the ESEA reauthorization process and the recommendations.

The Senate could take up the Every Child Achieves Act (the bipartisan ESEA/NCLB reauthorization bill) as soon as the week of June 15th. Language in Title IV of the bill strengthening the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative was added as an amendment that passed unanimously during mark-up of the bill in Committee in mid-April. The House could bring their version of ESEA reauthorization, the Student Success Act (HR 5), back to the House floor for a vote during June or July. Unlike the Senate bill, the House bill would eliminate 21st CCLC.

Also, the FY2016 appropriations process will continue, potentially including a vote at the Appropriations subcommittee level for the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education spending bill which would set funding levels for 21st CCLC and the Child Care Development Block Grant.

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