Communications Resources

For Immediate Release

This toolkit includes communications assets to help you make the case for afterschool across a variety of audiences and platforms. You’ll find new and updated materials, including an engagement calendar with sample social content, message guides, factsheets, videos, graphics, imagery, and examples of localized materials.

Updated October 2021:  Check the Learning Recovery accordion for tools to help you engage with LEAs, including a template letter to invite them to participate in Lights On and a template handout that makes the case for partnering with afterschool and summer programs. Also find a staff recruitment toolkit with tips, flyers, graphics, messages and other materials to help program providers recruit new staff.  More state one-pagers on a range of issues in the Examples of State Materials accordion.

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Note: The content of this website is designed for educating and engaging a variety of audiences. If materials are used or adapted for use in lobbying activities (e.g., asking for a vote on a specific piece of legislation), you must use funds from another source. No Mott funds may be used for direct or grassroots lobbying.

Learning Recovery & COVID-19 Response Resources

File Description
October 2021: Template letter LOA invite for education leaders

A template letter state networks can use to engage with local education leaders. This explains value of partnering with afterschool programs, provides data about America After 3PM parent surveys, and invites local leaders to participate in Lights On events. Easy to tailor with messages for your state.

October 2021: Content Gathering Template—Maximizing ARP Funds

Use this tool to create stories and profiles about partnerships that have helped improve the quality of OST programs, expand OST program offerings, and/or serve more kids through afterschool and summer programs. Includes questions to consider and ideas for different types of materials, such as stories, program profiles, graphics, and audiograms.

September 2021: Template Handout for LEA Outreach

An easy-to-tailor template (in Google slides) to help states engage with LEAs. This piece explains the value of partnering with afterschool, describes elements of comprehensive afterschool and presents the evidence base for student outcomes. Also includes option to highlight a partnership between a provider and school/district.

September 2021: Ideas for Securing Funds to Support Workforce Recruitment and Retention

A fact sheet summarizing the challenges afterschool programs face in recruiting, hiring, and retaining staff, and the federal relief programs that can support increases to staff pay.

September 2021: Back-to-School Op-Ed Template

A template for drafting op-eds about the benefits and critical role of afterschool programs this school year. Includes description of American Rescue Plan funding and partnership opportunities, as well as AA3 data about unmet demand. Easy for states and partners to tailor and describe local programs and needs.

September 2021: Tools for Engaging Local Education Leaders

A collection of handouts and sample materials states are using to engage with and request meetings with local education leaders to maximize ESSER funds and make the case for partnerships with afterschool programs. Includes links to webinars, toolkits, a podcast and more.

September 2021: Back to School Messages

A set of key messages developed for the 2021 back to school season that explain the essential role of afterschool programs in supporting kids, families and an equitable future. Includes messages in 4 areas: accelerating kids’ academic, social and emotional growth; helping families recover from the pandemic; helping schools in every community; supporting an equitable recovery and future.

August 2021: Staff Recruitment Toolkit

Collection of materials to help state networks and program providers recruit/hire new staff. Includes ideas for securing funds to increase wages, outreach strategies, messages, and easy-to-tailor flyers and graphics. Looking for summer recruitment materials? You’ll find them at this link and check out the Vermont Network’s 2021 Summer Matters website for an example of a robust summer campaign.

June 2021: ESSER Funding Timeline 2020-2028

A timeline noting legislative activity, funding release dates, fund deadlines and guidance for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds provided in pandemic relief bills. Includes links to resources from Congress, US Department of Education, and CDC.

April 2021: SEA Outreach Toolkit

Guidance and tools to help networks engage SEAs and make the case for using American Rescue Plan funds to support afterschool and summer. Kit includes action steps for developing your asks, resources about funding, ideas and materials from other states, and a sample letter to the state commissioner of education. We will continue to add tools as they’re developed.

April 2021: State ARP Outreach (Template One Pager)

An easy to tailor one pager that explains how American Rescue Plan funds flow in your state and the unique ways your network can help state education agencies maximize supports for students. Includes funding information from this source and a story callout. See how Minnesota customized this with specific asks!

April 2021: Leveraging STEM Programming for Recovery (Message Guide)

This tool has STEM-specific talking points for learning recovery and workforce. Use these messages for engaging with policymakers and education leaders to make the case for partnership and funding.

April 2021: Op-ed Template on APR & Summer Learning

A template for drafting op-eds about the benefits and critical role of summer learning programs this year. Includes description of American Rescue Plan funding and partnership opportunities, as well as AA3 data about unmet demand. Easy for states and partners to tailor and describe local programs and needs.

March 2021: A Summer for Learning and Recovery (Handout)

A factsheet summarizing the benefits and research on summer programs that explains how they help accelerate learning and meet kids’ needs. Emphasizes messaging about equity, highlights role programs play in addressing hunger, and includes research-based strategies for successful summer programs.

March 2021: Presentations for Education Groups

Review these slide decks states are using to engage with education leaders—tailor them for presentations you have with state and local groups. A WV presentation about partnerships between school districts and summer and afterschool programs. A KY school boards presentation about partnering with state level education organizations, including your state school boards association and teachers unions to help reach LEAs.

March 2021: American Rescue Plan PPT

A slide deck that describes funding opportunities available via the American Rescue Plan, federal, state and local decisionmakers, asks and questions for the field to consider. The slides can be edited and tailored by states.

March 2021: ESSER Handouts

Two editable handouts (in Word) that make the case for using ESSER funding for summer and afterschool programs. ESSER Afterschool and Summer Programs explains why programs are so important and provides state data about how many kids are missing out. ESSER learning loss explains different ways funds can be used to address learning loss. These documents were adapted from resources posted by the Indiana DOE.

February 2021: Talking Points About Role of Summer and Afterschool in Students’ Recovery (Draft Messages)

A set of messages that explain how summer and afterschool programs are uniquely positioned to address learning loss, provide SEL supports and help students recover. These messages include new America After 3PM data and will be updated regularly.

February 2021: Expanding Learning and Supports for All Students

A three-page handout that shows how afterschool and summer programs accelerate learning with unique academic, social and emotional supports. Includes new data from Deborah Vandell and 2020 America After 3PM, as well as a featured program story that can be tailored for states.

January 2021: Afterschool Essential for COVID Recovery (National Factsheet)

A two-page handout that describes how afterschool and summer learning programs are essential for meeting kids’ needs and addressing inequities. It also explains why COVID relief funds are needed with specific examples of how they would be used.

January 2021: Letter to Governor on COVID Relief Funds for Afterschool and Summer (Template)

A sample letter describing specific asks for Governors to consider in supporting afterschool and summer programs utilizing the opportunities in the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act.

January 2021: Making the Case to LEAs (Briefing Tool)

Use this tool to help you speak with principals, superintendents, and school boards about using COVID-19 recovery dollars to support students with afterschool and summer learning programs.

January 2021: CRSSA: New Opportunities for Afterschool and Summer (Briefing Tool)

This document provides guidance to help afterschool state and local leaders connect their work to the new legislation passed in response to COVID-19 in December 2020 and maximize new and existing funding opportunities.

January 2021: CRSSA Summary (Backgrounder)

A backgrounder on CRSSA funding opportunities that includes information about key decisionmakers and timing.

Summary: Key Principles for Expanding Learning to Support Student Re-Engagement

Updated March 2021: A one-page summary that can be used to guide expanded learning policy and implementation at the local, state, and federal levels, which is particularly important as our country moves to recovery from COVID-19.

Guide: Key Principles for Expanding Learning to Support Student Re-Engagement

Updated March 2021: A full guide to expanded learning policy and implementation at the local, state, and federal levels, which is particularly important as our country moves to recovery from COVID-19.

Op-ed Template: How Youth Are Changing the Conversation

A template for drafting op-eds that reflects a forward-thinking vision for afterschool and describes learning supports that young people need today. The template can be tailored to emphasize important themes, including SEL, healing from trauma, the digital divide, workforce and more. If you’d like help revising and/or placing an op-ed, please contact Lauren Maddox at lauren.maddox@hklaw.com or 703.395.6185.

Fall 2020: Recruit Parents & Staff (Afterschool & School Day Support, SY20-21) 

Tools to promote offerings by afterschool providers and help recruit staff, including flyers, social graphics, sample emails and social posts. You’ll find blank templates with no branding and editable art files that states and programs can tailor with their own language, logos and contact information. If you have questions or need help with these, please contact afterschool@burness.com.

COVID-19 Talking Points for 50-State Networks

A set of key messages that demonstrate how afterschool is responding to the crisis and why programs are essential for recovery. These messages will be updated regularly and include specific examples of programs in action during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Partnering with Schools to Reopen and Meet Students’ Needs

A resource to help afterschool leaders identify and communicate specific ways programs can support students and schools for different reopening scenarios, including in-person, fully remote and hybrid approaches.

A Blueprint for Supporting Schools

A handout that describes a vision for how afterschool providers, community partners and schools can work together to build a better learning day for all of our kids, including by providing increased access to smaller classes and personalized learning; positive youth development; academic enrichment; and better aligned services.

Reopening Schools: Tools to Engage School Leaders and Parents

A webpage posted by Afterschool Alliance with one-pagers and a simple 5-step plan to help ensure afterschool programs are included in schools’ strategies for reopening and meeting students’ needs.

Partnering with Schools to Reopen: Sample Language

A sample email and letter that make the case for including afterschool in discussions and planning around reopening schools. These can be adapted by state networks and/or providers and sent to education stakeholders.

Handout: COVID-19 Recovery Backgrounder

A four-page handout that describes why afterschool and summer learning programs are important and effective; outlines the support we need for reopening; and provides specific calls-to-action by audience.

Internal Guide: COVID-19 Resources

This is an internal document designed to help afterschool professionals understand and communicate about COVID-19 legislation and the important role afterschool and summer learning programs play during the crisis and through recovery. It includes: a backgrounder on COVID-19 legislation; talking points about afterschool and COVID-19; briefing tools for speaking about the CARES Act with stakeholders, policymakers, and LEAs; a template OpEd; a template letter to your governor; example letters to state superintendents of education; and an example of a youth advocate policy memo.

Handout: COVID-19 Stimulus Funding Guidance for Summer Learning

A one-page overview, created by the National Summer Learning Association, that describes what can be funded and how to advocate for funds to support summer learning.

Handout: How Afterschool Supports Students’ Learning

A document that describes the ways in which afterschool and summer learning programs can help students catch-up and keep-up as schools reopen in 2020 – 2021 school year.

Handout: How Afterschool Supports Working Parents

A summary of proven benefits, backed by data, of afterschool programs for working parents.

Learning Recovery & COVID-19 Response Graphics

A collection of graphics for Facebook and Twitter. Click on the graphic to download a high quality file. Please contact us for editable art files.

Back to School

Summer Graphics

Student Testimonials

Program Highlights

Engaging Parents

Recovery Graphics

Lights On 2021 Billboards

AA3 Materials & Other Factsheets

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America After 3PM 2020 Toolkit

(Updated with Summer AA3 Materials!) Your resource for all materials related to the 2020 America After 3PM afterschool and summer reports, including social media posts, graphics and artwork you can localize, as well as template tools, state and national fact sheets, and news releases.

Factsheet: This is Afterschool (national overview)

A summary of the latest data points about the benefits of afterschool programs, parent polls and 21st CCLC programs. (Updated April 2021)

State Factsheets: 21st CCLC – This is Afterschool

Find your state’s 2021 21st CCLC one-pager from the Afterschool for All Challenge. (Updated April 2021)

Factsheet: 21st CCLC

National overview of 21st CCLC programs, participants and evaluation data. (Updated April 2021)

Factsheet: The Evidence Base for Afterschool and Summer (21st CCLC)

A research brief with supporting evidence for afterschool and summer programs. (Updated April 2021)

Facsheet: The Academic and Social Emotional Benefits of 21st CCLC

A research brief about the academic and social and emotional benefits of 21st CCLC programs. (Updated April 2021)

Factsheet: This is Afterschool STEM

A summary of the unique value of afterschool STEM and the latest research demonstrating student outcomes. (June 2021)

Factsheet: Thriving in Afterschool: Promoting Healthy Futures

A summary of how afterschool and summer programs are rising to the moment to support kids and families dealing with COVID-19-related stressors. (June 2021)

Factsheet: This is Afterschool (CTE)

A summary about the benefits of partnerships between CTE and afterschool programs.

Factsheet: This is Afterschool (Workforce)

A summary of research showing how afterschool is uniquely positioned to help address workforce gaps and prepare young people for the jobs of tomorrow. (March 2020)

Cannabis Tax Revenue

File Description
Cannabis Tax Revenue Messaging Guide and Materials

This Google Drive contains a messaging guide and example materials to help you position afterschool as a proactive, preventative strategy for substance use and misuse and a viable, smart option for directing investments back into your state’s communities. The messaging guide also includes specific steps and calls to action to help you generate support along your journey no matter where your state stands on cannabis legalization today.

Engagement Materials & Tools

File Description
Engagement Calendar

An overview of upcoming activities, events and engagement themes.

Social Media Resource Document

A resource document to share experiences, best practices, and references we use in our social media work. All networks are invited to post info, ideas, and questions. Move between the tabs at the bottom cover 3 different topics: Platforms – Use, Tips & Notes; Benchmarks & Standards; and Ideas for Call Topics.

Site Visit Toolkit

Tips and templates to help you plan and execute successful site visits.

How to Find a Program

A guide with tips on how to find a local afterschool program and what to do if your community doesn’t have a program.

What to Look for in a Program

A guide for parents on what to look for in an afterschool program to help their kids thrive at any age.

National Parents Supporter Card

Use parent supporter cards to gather stories from parents and add contacts to your database. To request printed copies, please email Shaun Gray at sgray@afterschoolalliance.org.

Budget Cut Graphics

State specific and national graphics showing the impact of the proposed elimination of the 21st CCLC initiative. How many kids in your state stand to lose their afterschool program?

(Updated February 2020) NOTE: These are embargoed until the White House budget announcement, but state networks can reach out if they need more materials ahead of time.

This is Afterschool

File Description
Graphic Library

View the latest collection of standing banners and table top displays available for events. Brand and order your own materials for future events or borrow from the lending library. States borrowing materials should check the calendar for availability and contact Nicole Wilkins (Wilkins@collaborativecommunications.com) to reserve materials.

This is Afterschool 21st CCLC Materials

We’ve developed a collection of materials to highlight your state’s outstanding 21stCCLC programs, including a program profile, story and quote card. Download this content gathering template to see examples and get started. Please email afterschool@burness.com for more information or to request help with design and editing.

This is Afterschool Parent Supporter Card

Use parent supporter cards to gather stories from parents and add contacts to your database. To request printed copies, please email Shaun Gray at sgray@afterschoolalliance.org.

Campaign Style Guide

This guide includes examples of campaign visuals and guidance about fonts, color schemes, imagery and layout to help you produce new print and digital materials.

Story Card Template

Use this Photoshop template to create your own story cards. Need help? Contact us at afterschool@burness.com.

Examples of Local Materials

This is Afterschool Graphics

A collection of graphics for Facebook and Twitter. Click on the graphic to download a high quality file and adapt the sample posts with state specific messages. Please contact us for editable art files.

Graphics about the Value of Afterschool

Social and Emotional Learning Graphics

Parent Polling Graphics

Student Outcome Graphics

Summer Learning Graphics

Back to School Graphics

Messaging & Templates

File Description
Message Guide: Helping Kids Learn and Grow

A summary of talking points and findings from new message research on how afterschool helps kids learn and grow.

Message Guide: Inspiring Future Careers

A summary of talking points and findings from new message research about how afterschool can inspire future careers.

Message Guide: Afterschool Supports Working Parents

A summary of talking points and findings from new message research about how afterschool programs support working parents.

Message Guide: Career and Technical Education

A summary of talking points about the new federal law and messages that make the connection to afterschool.

Message Guide: Afterschool Keeps Kids Safe

A summary of talking points and findings from new message research on how afterschool helps young people avoid risky behaviors.

Story Design Template: Helping Kids Learn and Grow

Use this as an example to design your afterschool stories related to student achievement and outcomes.

Story Design Template: Keeping Kids Safe

Use this as an example to design your after school stories about how afterschool helps keep kids safe.

Story Design Template: Supporting Parents

Use this as an example to design your after school stories about how afterschool helps parents keep their jobs and support their families.

Message Research

A short summary of the latest message research about afterschool.

Op-Ed Template

A template for drafting op-eds that reflects the latest message research and can be tailored to emphasize important themes, such as keeping kids safe; protecting kids from substance abuse; supporting learning; and exploring career paths.

Million Girls Moonshot

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Million Girls Moonshot 2021 Launch Materials

This Google Drive includes tools to help you explain, promote and engage partners in the Million Girls Moonshot. You’ll find talking points, a video, a PowerPoint deck, a series of one-pagers, a template for a state factsheet, and social media graphics. These are ready to share and easy to tailor with state or local information. You can also access 2020 launch materials and all asset packages from this main folder. Please contact afterschool@burness.com if you would like the state template customized with your logo and contact information. Materials will be added as completed.

Million Girls Moonshot Engineering Mindset Toolkit

This toolkit is specifically for afterschool program staff. It is a collection of resources, tools, and activities to implement the initiative.

Logo and Branding Files

Download logo files and check the identity guide for helpful tips about designing your own digital and print materials.

Monthly Media Assets

Find monthly tips, posts and graphics that can be shared with network STEM staff, network partners and programs via newsletters, websites, social media and other channels. Each media assets package also includes a link to a content package, which lists webinars and professional development resources.

Million Girls Moonshot Graphics

Engaging Youth with Partner Content

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Mizzen by Mott

A new, free app built with and for afterschool professionals that provides high-quality, engaging learning content.  It includes activity playlists and multi-week modules that can be done at home or in small-group settings. The app’s content focuses on youth learning and well-being and is provided by organizations like Jazz at Lincoln Center, the California Academy of Sciences and After-School All-Stars.

National Geographic BioBlitz 2020

Looking for a way to bring outdoor exploration to your afterschool program? National Geographic and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation are proud to partner on webinars this fall focusing on engaging learners in a safe, fun, and free way for youth to learn about local biodiversity through a BioBlitz—an activity to find and identify as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time.  Please share this opportunity with fellow educators! Communications Toolkit here.

Registration Site: NatGeoEd.org/BioBlitz. The promotion period for webinars is September 3-28, 2020.

Videos

File Description
This is Afterschool: Anthem video

A highly produced inspirational video that shows how afterschool programs challenge kids and encourage them to grow and keep learning. Note this video was completed in March 2020 and does not reflect programs during the COVID-19 pandemic–a promotion plan will be developed, likely for Fall 2021. State networks are welcome to use and share this video.

Afterschool Accomplishments

A 40-second video that shows how afterschool programs responded to the pandemic to support students and accelerate their recovery.

This is Afterschool SEL

Students explain how afterschool programs help them build confidence, discover their passion and give back to their community.

Share via Alliance YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_XftzmWt-I

Afterschool Works!

A synopsis of interviews about how afterschool engages young people in learning and helps them get excited about their future.

Sample Content for Sharing – Share via Alliance YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5-c9AMaO0Q&t=3s

Afterschool Inspires Future Careers

A college bound student explains how her afterschool program inspired a love of music and teaching. Student featured: Jazmyne McNair, Boys and Girls Clubs of Lawrence (a 21st CCLC site) in Lawrence, KS

Sample Content for Sharing – Share via Alliance YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/DRTumlz_g28

Afterschool Is a World of New Opportunities

A 21st CCLC program director describes how afterschool exposes young people to enriching opportunities that help inspire future careers. Parent featured: Laticia Vacca, Program Director, C3 Afterschool Program (a 21st CCLC site) in Stratford, OK

Sample Content for Sharing – Share via Alliance YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/VXaP2LJnLG4

Afterschool Connects Kids to Future Careers

A college bound student shares his excitement about earning a college scholarship and his future career path. Student featured: Colby Holmes, New Hope High School Mr. Fix It Club (a 21st CCLC site) in New Hope, AL

Sample Content for Sharing – Share via Alliance YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/tAy49Z6YnoE

Afterschool Gets Kids Excited About Learning

A high school student describes how his afterschool program helped him learn to love reading and ignite his passion for filmmaking. Student featured: Matthew Tucker, Jones Middle School (Hampton Parks and Recreation), Hampton, VA

Sample Content for Sharing – Share via Alliance YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/Bzlisq2PBY8

Afterschool Helps Kids Build Confidence and Improve Grades

A single dad credits afterschool for helping his young daughter transform from a struggling below average student to a confident straight A student. Parent featured: Dale Austermuhl, Joy Elementary After School Program (a 21st CCLC site) in Fairbanks, AK

Sample Content for Sharing – Share via Alliance YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/Leq0uyLHH0o

Afterschool Engages Kids in Real-World Learning

A high school student explains how his afterschool program helped him develop public speaking skills. Student featured: Brennon Shope, Wayne County 21st Century Community Learning Center in Huntington, WV

Sample Content for Sharing – Share via Alliance YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/3_Rv_i27_PU

Afterschool Keeps Kids Safe and Engaged

A police officer talks about the importance of partnerships between law enforcement and afterschool programs. Community member featured: Captain Tyrone Collington, City of Takoma Park Police Department, ACE Academy (a 21st CCLC site) in Takoma Park, MD

Sample Content for Sharing – Share via Alliance YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/VsF2ta1GqEY

Working Parents Rely on Afterschool Programs

Parents credit afterschool programs for helping them keep work schedules and provide for their families, and giving them peace of mind during out-of-school hours. Parents featured: Dale Austermuhl, Joy Elementary After School Program (a 21st CCLC site) in Fairbanks, AK; Kelly Quattlebaum, New Hope High School Mr. Fix It Club (a 21st CCLC site) in New Hope, AL

Sample Content for Sharing – Share via Alliance YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIMJRThykIU

Afterschool Gives Working Parents Peace of Mind

A mom explains how her kids’ afterschool program gives her peace of mind at work and keeps her kids engaged in fun learning activities. Parent featured: Pamela Shope, Site Director, Playmates Preschool and Child Development Center (a 21st CCLC site) in Ceredo, West Virginia.

Sample Content for Sharing – Share via Alliance YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHMtCNbPN9o

Afterschool Lets Parents Work Without Worry

Kids and parents talk about afterschool a critical support that allows parents to work and not worry. Students featured: Brennon Shope, Wayne County 21st Century Community Learning Center in Huntington, WV — Matthew Tucker, Jones Middle School (Hampton Parks and Recreation), Hampton, VA — Parents featured: Laticia Vacca, Program Director, C3 Afterschool Program (a 21st CCLC site) in Stratford, OK — Kelly Quattlebaum, New Hope High School Mr. Fix It Club (a 21st CCLC site) in New Hope, AL

Sample Content for Sharing – Share via Alliance YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3WaxfxM_Pg

Imagery

We’ve moved to Flickr – it’s easier and quicker! Use this link to view and find 500+ images for your digital and print materials. These are high-quality, authentic images from afterschool and summer programs, organized in albums by topic (COVID, SEL, STEM, etc.) and state. Please be sure to include the photo credit provided when required.

Examples of State Materials

A collection of materials developed for individual states that can be tailored with local data and messages. Use the link to download files; view snapshots of some examples below. Questions? Email: burness@afterschool.com

File Description
Pennsylvania: Partnering with Afterschool to Accelerate Students' Learning and Recovery

A factsheet that summarizes the evidence base for afterschool, specific ways LEAs can partner with afterschool, and how those partnerships can save school districts time and money. Includes ROI data and highlights an example of a strong afterschool-school district collaboration.

Indiana: School & CBO Partnerships

An 8-page handout the Indiana Afterschool Network shared as part of a panel discussion they co-hosted with IDOE. Describes how strong partnerships between CBOs and schools are at the core of successful OST programs. Includes program examples and makes the case for schools to partner with OST in planning new ways to support students with relief funding.

Texas: Supporting Learning Recovery Through OST with ESSER III Funding

A 2-page handout about the role of OST in rebuilding the Texas education ecosystem to meet students’ needs and the value of collaboration between community organizations and school districts.

Afterschool Helps Alabama Thrive

This four-page brochure makes the case for afterschool in Alabama, highlighting the benefits of afterschool, including providing STEM learning opportunities; demand for afterschool programs; and programs’ COVID-19 response efforts. It invites readers to support afterschool.

Afterschool and Summer COVID-19 Response: Helping to Meet the Learning Needs of Utah Students

A two-page handout that highlights five key outcomes of afterschool programs. It provides qualitative and quantitative examples of how the Utah Afterschool Network and sites across the state pivoted to respond to COVID-19.

The Launch Pad Teen Center Teaches Arizona Teens the Power of Community Engagement, Leadership and More

A two-page handout that describes a youth-driven afterschool program. It includes program component spotlights, a student quote, and a quote from the Executive Director about why the connections the center provides are so important in COVID-19. It also describes the ways in which the program pivoted to meet students’ safety and social and emotional needs.

When Families Thrive, The Economy Thrives: Afterschool Programs Help Parents and Caregivers Return to Work

A two-page handout designed specifically for the Governor of South Carolina. It describes the importance of afterschool programs for economic recovery, as impacted by COVID-19. It asks the Governor for $5 million to safely open and operate 100 afterschool programs statewide.

Partnership Guide to Safely Reopen Schools and Out-of-School Time Programs

A guidebook that includes key findings and recommendations for opening schools and out-of-school time programs safely, and in ways that support nontraditional schedules of schools and working parents. It was written by the Maryland Out-of-School Time Network.

Partnering with Schools to Reopen

A two-page handout from the Hawaii network that describes how afterschool programs can support different scenarios for reopening schools. This piece encourages school leaders to include afterschool in planning discussions.

Afterschool and Summer COVID-19 Response: Helping to Meet Indiana’s Students’ Learning Needs

A two-page handout that highlights IN afterschool programs’ impact on COVID-19 recovery, as well as students’ academic performance and behavior. It asks supporters to partner with IN afterschool programs to address inequities, support kids’ social and emotional development and more.

Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs Are Essential for COVID-19 Recovery in Hawai'i

A two-page handout about how HI afterschool programs quickly pivoted to respond to COVID-19 and considerations for support to help programs re-open.

Innovations for an Emerging Workforce in Wyoming

A factsheet about how afterschool supports workforce development and businesses benefit by partnering with the state afterschool network.

Strengthening Michigan's Workforce

A factsheet about how afterschool programs can help to address the state’s talent shortage.

Supporting Literacy

A summary of literacy assessments for Michigan students and research demonstrating how afterschool helps students make gains in reading.

Afterschool Works! In Kansas

A one-pager highlighting how afterschool and summer learning programs are supporting Kansas’ businesses by preparing their future workforce.

Minnesota needs students with STEM skills

A one-paper explaining how investing in afterschool and summer learning STEM programs help connect kids to opportunities and build a prosperous state economy.

Afterschool Works! In Missouri

A one-pager illustrating how afterschool and summer learning programs support Missouri’s students, parents, and businesses.

Afterschool Works! In New Hampshire

A one-pager focused on how afterschool and summer programs prepare young people for college and the workforce that emphasizes STEM learning and offers specific ideas for businesses to partner with programs.

Afterschool Works! In Vermont

A one-pager describing how afterschool and summer STEM programs can help address the state’s workforce gap.

Afterschool Works! In Vermont

Graphics that explain the impact of afterschool and summer learning on the state economy.

Preparing the Workforce for a Changing Economy in North Dakota

A one-pager describing the “middle skills” workforce gap that North Dakota faces and explaining how afterschool programs help bridge the gap by preparing North Dakota’s future workforce.

Supporting Positive Futures in West Virginia

A one-pager highlighting how afterschool programs support students’ positive social emotional health and help decrease risky behaviors, which are particularly important in the midst of West Virginia’s opioid epidemic.