Texas Policy & Advocacy



Advocacy Resources and Organizations:

Texas Expanded Learning Opportunities Initiative

In the 2015 Texas legislative session, TXPOST has been working closely with members of Senate Finance Committee and House Appropriations Committee to secure state funding for expanded learning opportunities programs that benefit Texas children and families. Find out more here.

Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Council

In the 83rd Texas Legislative Session, TXPOST worked to pass Senate Bill 503 which established an Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Council. Find out more about the ELO Council here.

2017 TXPOST Legislative Agenda & FAQ

TXPOST has been working tirelessly to develop our advocacy strategies that could increase the quality and availability of out of school time programs in Texas.

21st Century Community Learning Centers/Texas ACE

For the 2014-15 school year, over 400 Texas ACE afterschool program sites in Texas are funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program, a federal grant with the purpose of providing learning opportunities before and after school and during the summer for students across the country. Learn more about 21st CCLCs here.

Afterschool Alliance

Explore facts and research on afterschool in Texas, and read about afterschool voices and ambassadors.

Afterschool Supports Students’ Success

This fact sheet from the Afterschool Alliance shares how afterschool impacts the success of students.

2016 Candidate Resource Guide on Afterschool

This guide provides an overview on the essentials of afterschool, such as program demand, public opinion, and research on outcomes and return on investment.

Find Your Legislator

Find the contact information for your local legislator through this online form.

Texas’s ESEA/NCLB Waiver

On September 30, 2013, the United States Department of Education granted Texas a waiver from some of the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, also known as No Child Left Behind or NCLB). As part of this waiver, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) received flexibility in the assignment of federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CLCC) funding. Under the ESEA, these funds are restricted to use outside of the normal school day; the Texas waiver allows these funds “to be used to support extended learning time during and after the school day to meet the identified needs of students.”

Currently, the effect of this waiver on funding for OST programs in Texas is unknown. TXPOST is closely following this potential change in OST funding, and will post updates on the situation here and through our e-newsletter.

Child Care Development Funds (CCDF)

TXPOST provided input to the Texas Workforce Commission on their proposed plan for use of Child Care Development Funds. Click here to read TXPOST’s suggestions.


National Advocacy Days

LIGHTS ON is October 20, 2016

LIGHTS ON is the nationwide celebration of afterschool.  Thousands of afterschool programs highlight the important role of afterschool programs in the lives of children, families and communities through various activities and programs.  Learn more from the  Afterschool Alliance.