21st Century Funding Update

On September 7, 2017, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services’ (LHHS) FY18 spending plan was approved with bipartisan support. It rejects President Trump’s proposed cuts to education and the administration’s promotion of school choice and private school vouchers by increasing overall spending for education by $29 million. It also includes $1.2 billion in funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) afterschool and summer programs. For more information on how other federal programs that support afterschool and summer learning fared, click here.

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee’s FY18 LHHS bill cuts 21st CCLC funding by $192 million. This is the lowest level of federal afterschool funding since 2007. On Wednesday, September 13, 2017 the Lowey/DeLauro Amendment (#161) to restore $100 million of 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) funds passed the House by a vote of 228 to 188. This decision places funding levels between $1.1 billion and $1.192 billion based on the House and Senate appropriations, respectively. As conversations about FY18 appropriations continue, you can advocate for 21st Century using the following resources: