Trump Proposal to Recalculate Federal Poverty Level Will Hurt Millions of California Children

Trump Proposal to Recalculate Federal Poverty Level Will Hurt Millions of California Children

First 5 Association of California, First 5 California, and First 5 LA today announced their opposition to the Trump Administration's proposal to recalculate the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)--a plan that could disqualify struggling children and families from programs like food stamps (SNAP), health insurance (CHIP), and quality early learning programs (Head Start).

Update on CA Governor Newsom's Revised Budget Proposal

The Governor released his updated budget proposal today and there is no mention of any increased funding for ASES. This is disappointing, but we are still hopeful. When we secured the $50 million in 2017, it also wasn't included in the Governor's budget proposal. It was funded because legislators made it a high priority. This is why it’s imperative that we continue to act and make sure our legislators know about the importance of afterschool.

Here is the official statement from the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance (CA3) Steering Committee:

CA Budget: Statement on Missing Afterschool Funding from Youth & Family Advocates

May 9, 2019 — Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom released his revised state budget proposal. The California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance issued this joint statement in response:

“This budget, meant to support working families, has a disappointing and harmful blind spot: the underfunded afterschool programs that nearly 400,000 working parents already depend on for child care. If we don’t protect afterschool programs by adequately funding them, we are taking a step backward in our state’s effort to make sure children get quality child care and parents get the help they need.

“Afterschool programs have endured years of underfunding by cutting their services and the number of students they serve. Without action this year, many programs will be forced to close their doors. We call on the legislature to act and support low-income, working families by saving our state’s afterschool programs.”


  • Championed by leaders in both parties, including Gov. Newsom during his term as mayor of San Francisco and during his gubernatorial campaign, California’s publicly funded afterschool programs serve hundreds of thousands of students daily.

  • Publicly funded afterschool programs operate in communities with the highest levels of poverty. They improve school attendance and graduation rates, develop workforce skills, prevent crime and substance abuse, and enable low-income parents to work by filling a critical child care need.

  • Afterschool programs are stretched to their breaking point after years of rising costs. Each time the state minimum wage increases without additional funding from the state, afterschool programs sink deeper into deficit. Since 2007, the state minimum wage has increased 50 percent, but funding for afterschool has only increased 9 percent.

  • A $112.8 million budget request to sustain afterschool programs is before the legislature, as well as two bills: AB 1725 (Carrillo) and AB 1085 (McCarty).

About the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance

California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance (CA3) is the statewide voice for expanded learning (afterschool and summer) programs. It is the coalition behind the Save Afterschool Campaign and represents the interests of the half a million children, youth, and their families that rely on publicly funded expanded learning programs throughout California each day.

CA3 Steering Committee Members

After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles; arc; Bay Area Community Resources; Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson; California School-Age Consortium; The Children's Initiative; California Teaching Fellow Foundation; EduCare Foundation; Heart of Los Angeles; LA's BEST Afterschool Enrichment Program; Partnership for Children & Youth; Think Together; Woodcraft Rangers; YMCA of San Diego County

Wendy's Story

Wendy's Story

At the 2019 California Afterschool & Summer Challenge, LA’s BEST alum, Wendy Ruiz, spoke to a crowd of over 200 people about the importance of afterschool. As someone who benefited from the sanctuary of afterschool growing up and is currently a parent of two, Wendy has benefited from these programs both in the past and in the present.

CalSAC's Executive Transition

CalSAC's Executive Transition

Our board and staff have designed a transition process that aligns with CalSAC’s values and culture and we intend to make this a collaborative and thoughtful process that will stand out as a model for the field. In the spirit of transparency, we invite you to review our executive transition plan below and encourage you to connect with us throughout the process. Gathering input from our community is an important component of our process and we hope that you will participate in our stakeholder survey to inform the future of the organization and this important hire.

A Message from Aleah

Dear friends and colleagues,

Reflecting on my years of memories, I am humbled by the supreme love, commitment, talent, and passion of the people that make up the out-of-school time field.

As many of you know, my connection to CalSAC started a few years before I joined the staff team. I can’t help but relate the feeling of stepping into a new transition as I am now with the feeling that seems to come up when you are about to facilitate your 5 Minutes of Fame at the Training of Trainers Institute, or walk in to a room full of strangers at the LDI Opening Retreat, or open your mouth to speak with your legislator at the CA Afterschool and Summer Challenge.


I think of the words of Maggie Kuhn: “Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind - even if your voice shakes.” I’m positive my voice shook during each of these moments. Yet, it is the feeling of being encouraged, seen, and heard by the community surrounding me that I remember most, and what drove me to find my role with the CalSAC team. It is with this same sense of support and empowerment – and slowly breaking down the walls of fear – that I make the leap into a new opportunity and make way for others to create these experiences for the field.

During my five and half years at CalSAC, I have been most proud of:

  • growing the Leadership Development Institute fellowship to a network of over 100 alum across California, and developing partnerships to fill in gaps of equity-centered leadership development in the OST field and beyond;

  • empowering CalSAC Trainers to hone their skills as facilitators, mentors, and technical assistance providers with a network that is unmatched across the state and country;

  • expanding the advocacy and organizing capabilities of youth workers to drive change in their communities;

  • and helping amplify the courageous and bold vision that CalSAC dreams is possible for young people, families, and the OST workforce.

I am inspired by the CalSAC team, and am confident that the talent, commitment, and love that they bring to the work everyday will usher in new possibilities for the organization, while maintaining the strengths and uniqueness of our programs.

It has been a long and fulfilling journey, and now I am ready to bring my voice and advocacy for the people of the OST field in a new way. In my role with the Foundation for California Community Colleges, I will help address the needs of the expanded learning workforce by bridging partnerships, strategies, and initiatives that work, and advancing the workforce development goals of the Expanded Learning Division’s Strategic Plan 2.0.

Recently, at the Site Coordinator Symposium, I heard a site lead say, “I live and breathe afterschool, I want to retire in afterschool!” I felt alive in that moment, knowing that I will be helping to move that statement closer to a reality.

I have never felt this connected, challenged, or aligned. I look forward to standing with you and voicing what matters, even if our voice shakes. Together, I believe we can ensure a more just and equitable California for young people, and for the thousands of adults that grow with them.

In community and gratitude,