Promoting public policies that put children first.

LA’s BEST advocates at the local, state and federal level to ensure that elected officials prioritize the needs of our most vulnerable children and families, especially when it comes to out-of-school time.

Afterschool is an essential service because it enables parents to work and provides children critical enrichment opportunities that support equity across our city. 89% of LA’s BEST parents reported that they would not be able to afford to pay for afterschool services if a free program did not exist and nearly 50% reported that their children would not have access to sports, art or music programs without LA’s BEST.

We are proud to be a member of the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance (CA3) Steering Committee, a coalition of organizations dedicated to promoting legislative and administrative policies that enhance the quality and accessibility of afterschool programs in California. In 2015, Governor Jerry Brown appointed our President and CEO, Eric Gurna, to the California Department of Education’s Before and After School Advisory Committee, and Senator Barbara Boxer modeled legislation supporting federal afterschool funding on LA’s BEST after a visit to one of our sites.

Watch this 3-minute impact video created to celebrate Lights On Afterschool.

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Advocating for children and afterschool programs across California.
LA's BEST President and CEO Eric Gurna speaking at a rally in support of afterschool funding.

Together with our partners – the CA3, the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles City Council, the LAUSD Board of Education, and others – we are working to create a city, state and nation that truly values and promotes policies that benefit children and families, and gives them the opportunities they deserve to succeed in life and create a brighter future.

Please visit our Media page to see the media coverage on LA’s BEST and the afterschool movement’s efforts.

Click below to watch Senator Barbara Boxer on NBC News talking about her visit with LA’s BEST students.