AB-1567: Before and after school programs: homeless and foster youth: snacks or meals

Session: 2015-2016
Author: Campos
Status: Signed into Law (Chaptered)
AAP-CA Position: Support
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AB 1567 (Campos) would give priority in after school program enrollment to homeless students, followed by students from CalWORKs units, and would prohibit after school programs from charging these students enrollment fees.

This bill would prohibit a program that charges family fees from charging a fee to a family for a child who is a homeless youth or who is a member of a CalWORKs assistance unit and would set forth a legislative finding and declaration that it furthers the purposes of the act.

AB 1567 AAPCA Letter to Governor

AAP Positional Letter



August 25, 2016

The Honorable Jerry Brown
Governor of California
State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: AB 1567 (Campos) Before and after school programs: enrollment: fees: homeless and foster youth: snacks or meals
AAP-CA Position: Support

Dear Governor Brown:

The American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA) representing 5,000 California pediatricians strongly supports AB 1567 (Campos). AB 1567 would waive afterschool program enrollment fees for children who are homeless or in a CalWORKs assistance unit, as well as give them priority in enrollment.

Homelessness is among the greatest risk factors to a student’s academic success, and affects hundreds of thousands of California students: as many as 270,000 in the 2012-13 school year. Even when it has not arrived at such extreme form, poverty is a significant stressor in a child’s life, and affects a far greater population: 49% of California children live near or below the poverty line. To ensure their academic success, it is of crucial importance that homeless children and children in low-income families receive academic support in stable, structured environments. Sadly, current law takes only school attendance into account when determining priority enrollment in afterschool programs – meaning that many of the most vulnerable students fall through the cracks.

AB 1567 would help mitigate the detrimental effects of childhood poverty and homelessness by giving homeless and impoverished youth priority enrollment in afterschool programs and assuring that they will not be barred from participating for lack of money. This would improve these children’s likelihood of escaping the cycle of poverty by raising their chances of succeeding academically, and would also provide a valuable source of stability and comfort to children who might have difficult home lives or no home at all.

Pediatricians, therefore, respectfully urge you to sign AB 1567 and thank you for your public service and leadership on behalf of the health and well-being of children, youth, and families in California.

Sincerely,

Aaron Nayfack, M.D.
Senior Policy Analyst
American Academy of Pediatrics, California

CC: Stuart Cohen, AAP-CA Chair; Lydia Bourne, AAP-CA Legislative Advocate; AAP-CA Leadership