The subcommittee also increased funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program by $100 million. The program lets schools and districts expand learning and enrichment opportunities to students, parents, and community members through after-school programs; expansion of school days, weeks, or years; or both.
“Because extended learning time is a whole-school strategy, all students—including those who need additional learning time the most—benefit from additional academic and enrichment opportunities,” said the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the National Center on Time Learning in a joint statement applauding the funding.
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