HB21-1006 (Esgar & Will/Garcia & Hisey) Fifth Day School Enrichment Programs Funding
This bill would create the Fifth-Day Academic Enrichment and Support Grant Program. The program would award grants on a three-year cycle to eligible community-based organizations who provide supplemental educational programs to students in kindergarten through twelfth grade on the fifth day for students in schools that have a four-day school week. It would give the State Board of Education the authority to award grants in a three-year cycle for purposes specified in the bill, including to provide supplemental educational programming and to provide meals.
The Children’s Campaign supports this bill. We know the number of school districts operating four-day school weeks has nearly doubled in the last decade. That has meant parents and community-based organizations have had to find creative ways to offer students programming and other services on the fifth day. Fifth day programming is critical to support working parents, who often still must work, and to students who benefit from a myriad of essential programming including: academic enrichment, tutoring, project-based learning opportunities, and access to meals that they would have otherwise received in school.
Passed the Senate Education Committee on a bipartisan vote of 6-1 and now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Stephanie Perez-Carrillo, Policy and Partnerships Manager, testified in support of the bill.