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Afterschool Advocacy

Grants for afterschool programs require a healthy dose of advocacy from administrators. Many times, afterschool program grants are the main source of afterschool program funding. Afterschool programs provide valuable resources for children, families and communities. Not only do they offer safe solutions to afterschool care, but they extend learning with programs that enhance fundamentals in science, math, literacy and the creative arts.

Find out how these educational programs enhance the communities they serve and how you can support the expansion of afterschool programs in your area.

Afterschool Advocacy Articles

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How to Save 21st CCLC Programs Amidst Proposed Budget Cuts

Despite the wide range of benefits they offer children and youth, nearly 10,000 afterschool and summer programs could be closing their door within the next year. The latest budget proposal,…

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Advocating for Afterschool STEM

As National STEM/STEAM Day approaches (November 8), program directors may find themselves in a position of fighting for the creation or continuation of an afterschool STEM program.


4 Steps to Motivating Foreign Language Learning

"What’s the fastest/best/most foolproof method for learning a new language? We are recommending that people make the most of something that is crucial for language learning: motivation." -Allison Mackey

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5 Tips for Incorporating Service Learning into Afterschool

"Everyone can be great because everyone can serve." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The Nine Principles of Summer Learning from NSLA

"No matter what schools do during the school year, no matter how long the school day or how great the after school programs, if students do not have meaningful summer…

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6 Strategies to Engage Middle-School Students in After School

Middle school is a pivotal time for students; they are growing rapidly as individuals yet are unaware of their individual identities, interests and strengths. Students are also faced with more…

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