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The Afterschool Caucuses in the United States Senate and House of Representatives were established in order to build support for afterschool programs and increase resources for afterschool care. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) and Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) 
The House and Senate Afterschool Caucuses were founded on March 3, 2005. In addition to the co-chairs, the founding members of Senate and House Afterschool Caucuses are 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. Ninety Representatives are members of the House Afterschool Caucus and thirty Senators are members of the Senate Afterschool Caucus.
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. 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; disseminating letters in support of increased resources for afterschool to the President as well as congressional colleagues; 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 nonpartisan. As of January 2017 there were a total of 59 members in the House Afterschool Caucus with 50 Democrats and 9 Republicans, and 28 members of the Senate Afterschool Caucus with 7 Republicans, 2 Independents and 19 Democrats.
Last Updated July 29, 2019