Federal Budget Priorities

On March 16th, the White House released a budget proposal recommending significant cuts to federal domestic programs, including investments in our nation’s most at-risk students.

The proposal calls for eliminating programs like 21st Century Community Learning Centers, a $1.16 billion program that serves low-income children before and after school, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the $1.09 billion program that administers AmeriCorps. This step would severely impact the ability of CIS to deliver much needed services to the country’s most at-risk children. 

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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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