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.

LA’s BEST depends on private donations and state funding to run our afterschool program. In recent years, the state funding has not kept up with rising costs. To continue reaching 25,000 students, we must ask the state government to increase our funding.

WE NEED YOUR VOICE! Here’s how you can help:

Text “afterschool” to 52886 and follow the links or click here to contact your representatives. It takes less than 2 minutes to tell them that you care about keeping kids safe with trained staff after the last bell rings!

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.

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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. To learn more about LA’s BEST advocacy efforts, sign up for advocacy updates here.

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