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Friday, January 30, 2015

An Immediate Call to Action: The ELIMINATION of Dedicated 21st CCLC Funding has been Proposed

The draft ESEA reauthorization bill put forth by Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-
TN) last week would eliminate the stand-alone, dedicated 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) funding for afterschool, before-school and summer learning programs that currently reaches more than 1.6 million students through school-community partnerships.

We ask you, your staff, your school administrators, community partners, parents and older youth to call or email Senators Menendez and Booker immediately to tell them that 21st CCLC programs in NJ serve students and families with the greatest need, improve student’s academic success and help support working families. Please see below for further details and contact information:
As the Chair of the committee, Senator Alexander's bill is a significant first step in the process of reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) which includes the 21st CCLC Program. We need your voices to explain the value and importance of maintaining separate federal funding for programs that support young people when school is out. Please urge our New Jersey Senators to weigh in against this proposal with their HELP committee colleagues. A very strong show of support is necessary and crucial to maintaining 21st out-of-school time hours.
Senator Menendez:

One Gateway Center, Suite 1100
Newark, New Jersey 07102

973.645.0502 (fax)

208 White Horse Pike, Suite 18
Barrington, New Jersey 08007

856.546.1526 (fax)

Senator Booker:

One Gateway Center
23rd Floor
Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: (973) 639-8700
Fax: (973) 639-8723

One Port Center
2 Riverside Drive, Suite 505
Camden, NJ 08101

Phone: (856) 338-8922
Fax: (856) 338-8936

You can also have an email created through the AfterschoolAlliance website by clicking here.

*Senate staff record all phone calls and emails in support of or against pending legislation. All of our voices must be heard right now - even if you are not currently working in a 21st CCLC program.

21st CCLC Programs in New Jersey:

  • Serve over 12,000 children, youth, and their families in more than 200 sites throughout the state.
  • Serve students and families from communities in the greatest need.
  • Do not turn away students based on ability to pay.
  • Help build stronger communities and engaging community partnerships.
  • Improve student academic success and social-emotional wellness. 
  • Help working families. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me –