Federal Budget Priorities

Thanks to youth advocates across the country, we are making progress toward saving two vital programs that were proposed for elimination in Fiscal Year 2018: 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), the only source of federal funding that helps resource-strapped schools provide afterschool programs for at-risk youth, and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), an agency that administers AmeriCorps and places caring adults in schools nationwide.

Recent developments send a signal of strong bipartisan support, but the budget is not yet final. Lawmakers must reach agreement between two different bills proposed by the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate, and proposed cuts threaten to cause 100,000 kids to lose access to their afterschool programs.

Until the budget is signed, we still need your help to keep the pressure on Congress. 


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21st Century Community Learning Centers

21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grants support local school and community based providers of afterschool and summer learning programs. This investment brings quality enrichment activities, like tutoring, STEM exploration and field trips, to more than 1.6 million children who attend resource-strapped schools in high-need communities that may not be able to provide these programs without this support.

Over two decades of data show the positive effects of afterschool on student achievement, attendance and graduation rates – and parents and families agree that afterschool is important. Afterschool programs keep children and teenagers safe and support working families.  Read more about these results.

Communities In Schools leverages 21st CCLC to provide afterschool and enrichment activities in schools nationwide, and many of the partners we collaborate with to align supports also rely on this funding. Eliminating 21st CCLC would make it more difficult for the at-risk students most in need of these services to access them.

Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that helps millions of Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through volunteer service. CNCS works with local partners, like Communities In Schools, on a wide range of education and development projects, helping local communities tackle some of the most difficult challenges.

CNCS invests in thousands of nonprofit and faith-based groups and administers programs such as AmeriCorpsSenior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund. Learn more about CNCS in your state.

By enlisting millions of volunteers, these programs ensure the presence of caring adults in schools nationwide. In school-year 2015-16, Americorps volunteers provided over 500,000 hours of service to Communities In Schools, working directly with students as mentors and tutors.


Send a message to your representatives asking to maintain these vital programs.

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