Thursday
Sep172009

Lights On! Afterschool, October 22

September 17, 2009
 
Dear Colleagues,
 
LCAP is interested to know how many of its Members are planning to conduct Lights On! Afterschool events during the week of October 19-23. These events present an outstanding opportunity to attract members of the Legislature, or their key staff, to your program sites. With the Legislature in recess, many lawmakers will be in their home districts and have greater availability than at other times during the year. League staff are happy to help coordinate a site visit if you need us.
 
Please use the link below to complete a five-minute survey, so that we may understand how we can be most helpful to you.

http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB229N3YDRC6N 
 
For more information about Lights On! Afterschool, click here.
 
Yours in Partnership,
 
Steven Amick
Executive Director
Friday
Sep112009

LCAP Policy Development Meetings - Fall, 2009

During the month of October, LCAP will be convening its members through regional meetings, held in several cities across the state. The League held similar meetings last September and October and the policy and administrative issues gleaned through these gatherings helped to inform the provisions that were included in AB 434 (Block) and AB 983 (Skinner), and have been taken up by ASES administrators for consideration.


The purpose of these meetings will be to refine a policy agenda, as well as identify administrative issues that can be addressed with the CDE's After-School Partnerships Office during the upcoming year. The League will invite up to four representatives from each of the 100 largest ASES and 21st CCLC programs to attend these meetings. Click here for dates, times and locations for these meetings.

Sunday
Aug302009

August, 2009 E-Newsletter

Thursday
Aug272009

Senate Appropriations Committee Holds Both After-School Bills

August 27, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

The after-school community was dealt a blow today when the Senate Appropriations Committee elected to hold both AB 434 (Block) and AB 983 (Skinner), claiming that both bills could result in "potentially millions" in General Fund cost pressures. The analysis of AB 434 stated that reducing the match requirement from 33% to 15% would result in a loss of approximately $82 million in resources and could put pressure on the General Fund to backfill the loss. The analysis of AB 983 claimed that permitting programs to operate on weekends could divert resources from weekday activities and place pressure on the General Fund to backfill weekday program needs. The rationale used to make the case for cost pressure in both instances is unsubstantial, but today's actions underscore the intensely conservative fiscal climate in Sacramento. After-school advocates will continue to pursue administrative solutions to these issues. 

Yours in Partnership,

Steven Amick

Executive Director

Tuesday
Aug182009

AB 434 (Block) and AB 983 (Skinner) Referred to Suspense File - Urgent Action Requested

August 18, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

Yesterday, as expected, both AB 434 (Block) and AB 983 (Skinner), were referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee suspense file. The Committee has until next Friday, August 28, to release and send these bills to the Senate Floor. LCAP members and other key stakeholders who wish to urge their support for these bills may cut and paste this template for AB 434 (Block), and/or this template for AB 983 (Skinner), to your agency letterhead and fax immediately to Susanna Cooper, from Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's office, at (916) 323-2263 and Dan Troy, Senate Appropriations Committee Analyst, at (916) 327-2188.

AB 434 (Block) seeks to clarify the direct service status of site coordinators who spend at least 85% of their work hours at the program site, and temporarily reduce, through June 30, 2011, the ASES match requirement from 33% to 15%. AB 983 (Skinner) proposes to permit ASES and 21st CCLC programs to use their base grant funding to operate activities on weekends, and to allow 21st CCLC programs to count the attendance that is generated by those activities.

Yours in Partnership,

Steven Amick

Executive Director