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Afterschool Caucuses

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.[1] Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) and Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) [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 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.[2]


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.[4] 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;[5] disseminating letters in support of increased resources for afterschool to the President as well as congressional colleagues;[6] 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.[2]

United States House of RepresentativesEdit

  1. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Co-Chair
  2. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA)
  3. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)
  4. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL)
  5. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI)
  6. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)
  7. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN)
  8. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT)
  9. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX)
  10. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
  11. Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)
  12. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
  13. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
  14. Rep. Al Green (D-TX)
  15. Rep. Gene Green (D-TX)
  16. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
  17. Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY)
  18. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX)
  19. Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX)
  20. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI)
  21. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI)
  22. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA)
  23. Rep. John Larson (D-CT)
  24. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
  25. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
  26. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-LI)
  27. Rep. David Loebsack (D-IA)
  28. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
  29. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA)
  30. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
  31. Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)
  32. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN)
  33. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA)
  34. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)
  35. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-NY)
  36. Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA)
  37. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD)
  38. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME)
  39. Rep. David Price (D-NC)
  40. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
  41. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL)
  42. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)
  43. Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL)
  44. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
  45. Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY)
  46. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL)
  47. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID)
  48. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
  49. Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)
  50. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)
  51. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
  52. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)
  53. Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

United States SenateEdit

  1. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  2. Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)
  3. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
  4. Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)
  5. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
  6. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)
  7. Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-ME)
  8. Sen. Angus King (I-ME)
  9. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
  10. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  11. Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN)
  12. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
  13. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
  14. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
  15. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)
  16. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  17. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
  18. Sen. Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA)
  19. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
  20. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)
  21. Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
  22. Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT)
  23. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)
  24. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
  25. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
  26. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

Last Updated July 29, 2019


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  2. ^ a b c "Afterschool Alliance".
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2008-10-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Fourteen Million Kids, Unsupervised: Can After-School Programs Help? - Edutopia".
  5. ^ "Science & Math Keys for Afterschool Activity". 29 September 2006.
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