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Action Alert!

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Afterschool Alliance Action Alert
On February 19, 2011, the House of Representatives passed HR 1, a Continuing Resolution (CR) which includes over $60 billion in spending cuts compared to the FY2010 budget. Included in the widespread funding cuts is a $100 million cut to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative. Such a cut will result in about 100,000 fewer children participating in afterschool and  summer learning programs, and a loss of about 10,000 jobs. The CR will be voted on by the U.S. Senate late this month or in early March. Please contact your Senators and Representative by phone, email, fax, or in person, in the coming days to oppose funding cuts to the 21st CCLC initiative. Consider attending local Town Hall meetings or inviting members of Congress to afterschool programs to explain how afterschool programs keep children safe, inspire learning and help working families.

Take Action Now:
The cuts to afterschool are part of a broader effort to trim government funding which could also negatively impact many of the families who benefit from afterschool programs.
For more information on proposed cuts to education, service programs and nutrition assistance, see: and 
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Please Keep 21st CCLC Funding Secure!

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Action Alert!

Let Congress Know First Thing Monday Morning!

Support Federal Funding for Afterschool & Summer Programs

Increase Funding for 21st CCLCs to Support Afterschool & Summer Programs

Now is the time to take action in support of afterschool and summer learning programs.
Your Senators and Representative needs to hear about the value and importance of afterschool programs funded through the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) program!
Administration and legislative proposals for fiscal year 2011 could result in fewer funds for afterschool programs by diverting funds to other programs, making it unclear how much funding would actually go to support school and community based before-school, afterschool and summer programs that enhance learning for children, keep kids safe and help working families.
Encourage your Members of Congress to visit afterschool programs, talk to them about afterschool at October Lights On Afterschool events, and send an email today in support of afterschool programs.


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Save Head Start!

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Head Start needs your voice!
Support Head Start and Early Head Start!

Congress and the Obama Administration affirmed Head Start’s effectiveness two years ago by expanding the programs, adding 24,000 new jobs, and serving 64,000 additional children.

Use your voice to strongly ask Congress to keep funding in next year’s budget for these 64,000 children.

Your Voice can encourage your legislators to make sure that these 24,000 teachers, aides, bus drivers, and family service workers can keep their jobs in Head Start and Early Head Start programs and continue to make a difference in lives and communities all across the country.

Your Voice can join thousands of other voices affirming the crucial importance to the future of our nation of well-funded, effective Head Start and Early Head Start programs.


Don’t forget to register for Lights On Afterschool!

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

It’s not too late to register for Lights On Afterschool and be part of the nation’s celebration of afterschool programs! An event can be simple: Hold an open house, have kids color light bulbs, or invite parents to participate in afterschool activities. Tanya McDonald of the Dallas Afterschool Network credits her event with attracting new money, and better partnerships. Check out her advice.

Register by October 15 and you could win 100 books of your choice, courtesy of Scholastic Afterschool Learning. Registered events are featured on the Afterschool Alliance website and in media materials.

We need your help to reach our goal of 7,500 celebrations nationwide calling attention to the importance of afterschool programs. Our Event Planning Kit provides all the tools you need to pull your event together.

Drop us a line about your Lights On Afterschool plans, or questions email:

All the Best,
The Afterschool Alliance

PS: Join us online at the Facebook rally for afterschool programs! RSVP to “attend” via our Facebook page at


LIGHTS ON ! Register soon!

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

NJ  programs  ,do not forget to  REGISTER your event!

All over the country people are gearing up for Lights On Afterschool!
The U.S. Senate passed a resolution in honor of Lights On and Mt. Rushmore and the Empire State Building will be lit up in celebration of Lights On Afterschool.

Register now to join in on the fun!
The deadline to receive free posters is Wednesday, October 13th, so there’s no time to waste!

You can use your Lights On Afterschool event to discuss the need for afterschool programs in your community! The Afterschool Alliance will release new data on Rural, Urban and Suburban participation in afterschool on October 12th – follow us on twitter to be one of the first to get access to the new America After 3PM: From Big Cities to Small Towns report. Both the America After 3PM full report and this new special report are sponsored by JCPenney Afterschool, a charitable organization committed to making life-enriching afterschool programs available to more students and families.

FEIT ELECTRIC is helping turn the lights on after school – all sites that register by Oct. 11 will be entered in a drawing to win 100 energy-saving, long lasting, ECObulb® PLUS compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Give the light bulbs to your event guests, use them at your program, or let kids take them home to remind parents how your program keeps the lights on after school. Let us know about your Lights On Afterschool plans; email with the details.

All the Best,

The Afterschool Alliance

PS: Help us reach our LOA goal of 200 new Twitter followers by inviting your friends to follow us! And don’t forget to join us for the 3rd annual online rally for afterschool programs!