We Need You

The afterschool field needs active champions—whether you run a program or are one of many allies who recognize the value of afterschool programs. The Afterschool STEM Hub produces and curates advocacy materials to influence policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels. This work builds on the significant work of the Afterschool Alliance, and is done in collaboration with the STEM Education Coalition, an influential STEM education advocacy organization in D.C. Here are a few resources to get started:

Factsheet on Afterschool STEM to make the case using the latest research.

Students Achieve More with Afterschool STEM

Policy recommendations for policymakers at the local, state, and federal level; part of "STEM Ready America," a compendium presenting evidence and examples of programs and partnerships that prepare young people for success in school today and in tomorrow's workforce.

From Evidence to Policy: The Case for STEM in Afterschool

The Afterschool STEM Hub’s Computer Science Position Paper explains the importance of afterschool computer science education and recommendations for supporting the cause.

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

In December 2015, an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress passed a new national education law called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It provides tremendous opportunity to elevate the importance of afterschool and summer learning programs with key audiences and secure additional resources for out-of-school time. Right now, states and districts are actively figuring out where to direct resources.

Opportunities to Advance STEM: Created by Education First, this document reviews 25 drafted or submitted ESSA plans for STEM and highlights how states can make the most out of their ESSA plans for STEM education. 

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Podcast - "STEM Education in the Every Student Succeeds Act": In a podcast from Lab Out Loud, hosts Dale Basler and Brian Bartel talk to STEM Education Coalition executive director, James Brown, on how the  implementaiton of ESSA this fall may affect STEM education nationwide. [Posted: September 18, 2017; Duration: 14 minutes]


Open Letter to Policymakers: Read our open letter urging state and local policy makers to ensure that afterschool, summer, and informal learning are integral components of state ESSA implementation plans, as well as any state-level policy initiatives.

Open Letter

Informal STEM Education and ESSA Toolkit: The STEM Education Coalition and the Afterschool Alliance have collaborated to develop a toolkit of materials that include a guide to opportunities and funding through ESSA, webinars, and more.

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Afterschool and ESSA Toolkit: This playbook from the Afterschool Alliance will help you understand which parts of the new law have the most potential for afterschool more broadly, with whom you can engage, and how.

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Federal Policy

Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Education: On September 25, the White House released a memo acknowledging that too many of our kids lack access to high-quality STEM and computer science (CS) education. The memo directs the Department of Education to prioritize STEM education efforts in the federal grant making, with particular emphasis on CS. Read the Afterschool Alliance’s analysis, here.

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(Federal) Resources for STEM Education: Released April 17, 2017 by the Department of Education, this document will help you identify ways to use Federal formula grants to supprt STEM education through ESSA; the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.

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Afterschool Snack Policy Updates: The Afterschool Alliance tracks federal legislation beyond ESSA, including the America COMPETES Act and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, as well as White House initiatives related to afterschool STEM. Updates on federal legislation are frequently posted to the Afterschool Alliance's blog the Afterschool Snack. 

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Memo to the Trump Administration: The Afterschool STEM Hub submitted a memo to the Trump Administration's transition team on November 2016, outlining a vision of STEM impact and issuing a call to action to increase access to high-quality afterschool STEM programs through federal funding.

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Summer Learning and STEM

The Power of Summer: Created by the National Summer Learning Association, this pamphlet describes emerging themes in state policy, along with federal policy opportunities that support STEM education during the summer months. 

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Summer Learning Policy Highlights: The 2017 State Policy Snapshot from the National Summer Learning Association shows legislation from across the country that was passed throughout 2017 to support summer learning opportunities for students, including a spotlight on summer STEM.

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