Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) have reintroduced a bill today aimed at providing the supports afterschool practitioners need to offer high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs. The Supporting Afterschool STEM Act will create a grant program that state and regional afterschool and STEM networks can tap into to help afterschool providers in their areas give students engaging and high-quality STEM learning experiences.
The new bill has minor changes from original bill, also sponsored by Sen. Shaheen in the 113th Congress. The Afterschool Alliance wrote a detailed blog post last June describing the bill and what it means for the afterschool community. We commend Sen. Shaheen for continuing to be a champion for funding of support systems necessary to implement high-quality afterschool STEM programs in each state. We will continue to work with Sen. Shaheen as well as the afterschool and STEM education communities to realize the vision of this legislation.