S.2784: Family Friendly Schools Act
The Family Friendly Schools Act (S. 2784) aims to align the school day with the workday. The bill would double the current funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, with an additional $1.3 billion, which would allow up to 1.8 million more children to access summer learning programs. The bill would also establish a new five-year pilot grant program of up to $5 million annually for each “Family Friendly School” in order to extend the school day to better support working families.
“Family Friendly Schools” are classified as schools that:
1) Collaborate with community partners to develop high-quality, culturally relevant, linguistically accessible, and developmentally appropriate academic, athletic, or enrichment opportunities for students from at least 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, throughout the school year, with no closures except for federal holidays, weekends, and emergencies;
2) Do not close for parent-teacher conferences, professional development, or any other reason without offering full-day enrichment activities free of charge for students;
3) Do not increase the amount of time teachers and staff have to work unless they volunteer additional hours and are compensated fairly for the extra hours; and
4) Develop and implement evidence-based policies and practices for parent and family engagement to support working families and help better align school and work schedules.
- Investing additional resources for communities to build stronger afterschool and summer education programs that fit parents' work schedules are critical in fostering the education and wellbeing of America's children.
- Afterschool and summer learning programs give parents more peace of mind during the workday by keeping children safe and supported. By creating a grant program to provide even more schools the ability to develop extracranial activities for students from working-class families, this bill will go a long advancing educational equity and financial stability.