Federal Afterschool Policy

From afterschool funding streams to nutritious meals to STEM programming, federal policy plays a big role in the afterschool landscape. Learn more about our federal policy priorities for the 115th and upcoming 116th Congress, as well as the latest federal policy developments.

The Afterschool Alliance has several key policy priorities for the 115th Congress, and upcoming 116th Congress, aimed at increasing access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs for all young people with an emphasis on children most in need:

A critcial fight for the afterschool field is to ensure funding for 21st Century Community Learning centers in appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2020. Our "take action" page is for those ready to advocate! You can also learn more about bills we are watching on our page of current federal legislation in afterschool.

Reach out to us at any time if you have a question about a piece of federal legislation.

Latest Issues:

Contact Congress about afterschool funding and opportunities. Follow the Appropriations process on the Policy Blog.

Policy News: The latest afterschool policy news from Washington, D.C.

Federal Legislation: View current bills in Congress relating to afterschool programs.

State Policy: State-specific data and contacts plus tools for developing and advancing afterschool policy at the state level. 

Take Action: All you need to take action for afterschool, whether you have 2 minutes or a lifelong passion to promote afterschool.  

Congressional Caucuses: A list of the current members of the House and Senate Afterschool Caucuses. 

Making Afterschool an Election Issue: Election season presents an important opportunity to put afterschool on the radar of policy makers and the public in a visible and meaningful way. 

Additional Federal Policy Issue

Expanded Learning is a key issue in ESEA reauthorization and in the out of school time field. Expanded learning time (ELT) - adding time to the school day, week or year - is a relatively new approach to expanded learning opportunities. Find resources and policy documents on this topic here.

Older Youth and Afterschool: Partnering to Improve Results As the nation struggles to improve high school achievement and prepare the next generation for college and the 21st century workforce, it is clear that older youth in the middle grades are critical. More time is often needed to ensure that students are prepared during these transition years for long-term success. The Afterschool Alliance has research and policy efforts aimed at securing more support for afterschool programs serving older youth.

Afterschool in Rural Communities: The Investment in Afterschool Programs Act  Afterschool programs are uniquely positioned to meet the needs of young people in rural communities.  That’s why the Afterschool Alliance is working with Congress to create a funding stream specifically for afterschool programs in rural communities.