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's two resources to get started:
Factsheet on Afterschool STEM to make the case using the latest research.
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.
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.
Factsheet on STEM & ESSA: Developed by the Afterschool Alliance, this one-pager highlights the unique benefits of afterschool STEM and research showing how these programs get kids interested in STEM and boost academic achievement.
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.
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.
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.