Once you’ve scheduled a meeting with your school districts, local businesses, or collective impact/philanthropic organizations, prepare for the conversation and equip yourself with supporting materials:
ESSER III conversation guidelines and talking points
Thank you points to wrap up your meetings and/or use in follow-up emails
Summer learning talking points from the National Summer Learning Association with four key messages about summer learning programs’ power to make a difference for kids as they recover this summer. These messages can help organize your thoughts for meetings and follow-up emails with state- and local-level decision-makers.
Partnering with Schools to Reopen and Meet Students’ Needs: Communicating about the value of afterschool: This reopening contains some important talking points that will help afterschool leaders identify and communicate specific ways programs can help schools. The document includes messages you can use to make the case for involving afterschool leaders in discussions about protocols and schedules that are being developed for instruction, transportation and safety procedures in the coming school year.
Afterschool and STEM: 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.
Fact Sheet: Expanding Learning and Supports For All Students Afterschool and Summer Programs Are Essential for Equitable Recovery: A handout that shows how afterschool and summer programs accelerate learning with unique academic, social and emotional supports.
Fact Sheet: A Summer for Learning and Recovery: 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.
Afterschool Programs: We’re Here to Support Your Students: This handout highlights the ways afterschool programs can partner with schools to reopen and meet students’ needs. Include/attach this handout in your email/letter to schools/school districts.
Any additional, compelling marketing materials your program has!
Afterschool Outreach One Pager
*Also, visit the Afterschool Alliance American Rescue Plan page for new and current resources.*