This school year will be challenging for kids, families, and schools. Afterschool and summer learning programs can help, and we’re urging school leaders to include these programs in their planning efforts. Please join us by adding your name to the letter below.
Dear School Leaders,
Thank you for your continued hard work supporting our children and school communities during this past year. We know you face great challenges in planning for the year ahead, and appreciate your efforts to help keep students and staff safe while supporting learning.
As moms, dads, grandparents and guardians, we too struggle with what may come ahead. We worry about what our children have missed out on and know we’ll need extra support to help them fully recover. That includes academically, and also their social and emotional well-being.
We need help, and schools need help.
We believe our afterschool programs and community organizations are an asset that we need to tap. These organizations have risen to the moment to help keep youth engaged and cared for during the pandemic, and have connected families with critical resources and information, from help with remote learning to meals and groceries.
We respectfully ask that you bring afterschool and summer learning programs into your planning conversations. No matter which reopening model we follow, afterschool and summer providers—from youth and community organizations to libraries and park and recreation departments—can help us all. Please, involve them now in your conversations so that they can better prepare to support our families and children.
These programs have been a lifeline for our families, keeping our kids safe while we work, and helping our children learn and grow. Let’s let them be part of the solution as we recover and move beyond this crisis.
As a partner, afterschool and summer learning programs can offer academic support to help kids catch up, provide staff who are focused on helping kids heal and reconnect, and keep our kids safe while parents work.
We all share deep concerns for our children. Please, let’s involve out-of-school time partners to ensure our kids emerge from this crisis hopeful, confident, and resilient.
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-- Afterschool Alliance