Women Senators Urge President Bush to Increase Afterschool Funding

December 17, 2004

Women in the Senate aren?t waiting to see the President?s budget plans to begin protecting funding for after-school programs. The Afterschool Alliance reports that all 14 female senators sent a letter to President Bush urging him to increase funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) afterschool initiative in his budget proposal. The 21st CCLC initiative is the principal federal funding mechanism for afterschool programs. It has been flat-funded for four years, despite increases authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act.