Afterschool Caucuses

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The Afterschool Caucuses are bipartisan caucuses in the United States Congress established to build support for afterschool programs and increase resources for afterschool care.[1] Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Tina Smith (D-MN) chair the Senate caucus, while Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) chairs the House caucus.[2]


The House and Senate Afterschool Caucuses were founded on March 3, 2005.[3] In addition to the co-chairs, the founding members of Senate and House Afterschool Caucuses were Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and Representative Dale Kildee (D-MI). Today, these Caucuses serve as a voice on the issue of strengthening and increasing the availability of afterschool programs.[4]


The Caucuses were formed in response to the finding that 14.3 million children go home alone after the school day ends, including more than 40,000 kindergartners and almost four million middle school students in grades six to eight.[5] The Caucuses act to promote the availability of afterschool programs, with a special emphasis on the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) program, for every American school-age child by increasing public awareness of such programs and supporting increased federal resources. In each chamber, the Caucuses have conducted a variety of activities supporting the goal of quality, affordable programs for all children. This has included organizing congressional briefings on specific topics such as the role of the STEM fields in afterschool (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education;[6] disseminating letters in support of increased resources for afterschool to the President as well as congressional colleagues;[7] sharing new research on effective programs; and organizing press events around the Afterschool Challenge with celebrity supporters.

The Afterschool Caucuses seek to educate the public on the role that afterschool programs play in the lives of families, and promote the expansion of federal, state, and local support in order to make access to these programs a reality for all interested children and families.


The Afterschool Caucuses are bipartisan. As of March 2021 there were a total of 40 members in the House Afterschool Caucus with 37 Democrats and 3 Republicans and 25 members of the Senate Afterschool Caucus with 6 Republicans and 19 Democrats.[4]

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  1. ^ "Lawmakers Recognize Students from CA, NH, PA & RI for PSAs Promoting Afterschool" (PDF). Afterschool Alliance. March 3, 2005. Retrieved October 19, 2022.
  2. ^ "Congressional Member Organizations (CMOs)" (PDF). United States House Committee on House Administration. September 15, 2022. Retrieved October 19, 2022.
  3. ^ "Bipartisan Afterschool Caucuses Formed in House and Senate | Connect for Kids". Archived from the original on July 13, 2007. Retrieved October 3, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Afterschool Alliance".
  5. ^ "Fourteen Million Kids, Unsupervised: Can After-School Programs Help? - Edutopia".
  6. ^ "Science & Math Keys for Afterschool Activity". September 29, 2006.
  7. ^ "Members of the House of Representatives Who Signed Kildee-Kuhl Dear Colleague Letter Asking for $250 Million Increase for 21st Century Community Learning Centers" (PDF). Retrieved April 19, 2023.