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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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Four Advocacy Strategies for Lights On Afterschool

Every year, one million Americans join together to celebrate Lights On Afterschool (LOA). It’s the only nationwide event held to highlight afterschool programs and the positive impact they have on children,…

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Keep Kids Creative: 5 Practical Tips for Sparking Creativity in Afterschool

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” -Pablo Picasso

Children are born creative. They have a natural curiosity to question, explore and invent, which is…

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How Afterschool Programs are Driving Education Equity for Minority Students

It’s been more than 50 years since the Equality of Education Opportunity shed a light on the academic discrepancies between white and minority students.

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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.

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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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