Time to Take Action

SPEAK

Next week, the California Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education will come together to discuss funding for After School Education and Safety (ASES). During the hearings, there will be time for public comment, which is when we have the opportunity to make sure that our legislature knows about the importance of afterschool and the need to support more funding for these programs. Even if you’ve never spoke at a hearing before, our children and families in afterschool need your voice!

Here are the details:

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Tuesday, May 7 - 9:00 AM
California State Capitol, Room 447
10th and L Streets
Sacramento, CA 95814

Thursday, May 9 - 9:30 AM (or upon adjournment of State Floor Session)
California State Capitol, Room 3191
10th and L Streets
Sacramento, CA 95814

To confirm your attendance and get the latest updates on the agenda, email the Partnership for Children and Youth.


RALLY

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Southern California Rally to Save Afterschool

Friday, May 10 - 9-10am
South Lawn, Los Angeles City Hall,
200 N Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Send the message to Sacramento that our communities rely on afterschool programs! This rally is FREE and open to the public. To learn more click here (for Spanish, click here).


CONTACT

Ask your Assembly Member and Senator to sign this letter of support to increase funding for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program. Legislators are more likely to take action if they know people in their district are requesting help; your contact can help make the difference for afterschool this year.

STEP 1: Find your representative.

STEP 2: Call or email your representative(s) and ask them to sign this letter.

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Sample call script:
Hello, my name is ____ and I'm calling from [city]____ in your district. I am calling in support of a budget request to increase funding for afterschool programs so that they don't close. [Briefly explain why you value afterschool programs / what would happen if your child's program shut down.] Afterschool programs are critical to keep kids safe and learning after school, and to allow parents to keep working to support their families. I have a sign on letter that I can send for [Assemblymember/Senator_____] to review and hopefully sign. What is the best email address to send it to?

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Sample email (just copy, paste, and fill in the blanks!):
Hello, my name is ____ and I'm writing from [city]____ in your district. I am writing in support of a budget request to increase funding for afterschool programs so that they don't close. [Briefly explain why you value afterschool programs / what would happen if your child's program shut down.] Afterschool programs are critical to keep kids safe and learning after school, allowing their parents to keep working to support their families. Please find a legislative sign on letter attached, as well as some additional information. I hope that we have [Assemblymember/Senator_____]'s support.


DO MORE

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Go to SaveAfterschool to learn what else you can do to help make sure that afterschool is kept a priority!