There’s no doubt that afterschool experiences make a critical difference in young people’s lives. They provide hands-on learning experiences that narrow the opportunity and achievement gap, build critical 21st century skills, and support working families by ensuring their children are safe and engaged outside of school. That's why Ignite Afterschool supports policies that advance more equitable access to afterschool programs.
Policies we actively support:
21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) is the only dedicated funding stream for afterschool and summer programs at the federal level. It provides grants to all 50 states' education agencies, who then award the funds to high-quality afterschool programs through a competitive grant process. The grants are targeted to programs serving a majority of low-income youth, providing these youth with a broad array of academic supports and enrichment activities to help prepare them for success in school, work, and life.
In Minnesota, 21st CCLC is administered by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). To learn more about 21st CCLC at the national level, visit the Afterschool Alliance's 21st CCLC page.
Afterschool Community Learning Grants (ACLG) is a legislative proposal to establish a competitive grant program in Minnesota for afterschool and summer programs serving low-income youth with enrichment activities similar to 21st CCLC. It has received consistent bi-partisan support in every legislative session since it was first introduced in the 2015 legislative session, but has yet to be passed into law.