Sign our open letter to let school leaders know families need afterschool and summer learning programs.

Ask your principal to partner with an afterschool program

Below is a sample email you can send to your child’s principal to request that your school include afterschool programs in their planning efforts for the coming year. You may use the template below or change the language to explain why afterschool matters to your family.

Principal [NAME],

Thank you for your hard work supporting our children and school community during this difficult time. I know you face a great challenge in planning for summer and the year ahead, and appreciate your efforts to help keep students and staff safe while supporting learning.

As a [mom/dad/other], I too am struggling with what may come ahead. I worry about my child’s health, learning, and [his/her/their] mental health and well-being. And I know our family will need extra support to fully recover.

That’s why I am asking you to speak with afterschool programs [or insert specific program] as you make plans for the year ahead to see how they may be able to support our families and children. For our family, afterschool programs have been a lifeline, keeping [my child] safe while I am at work, and helping my child learn and grow.

As a partner, afterschool 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.

I know we all share deep concerns for our children. Please, let’s involve afterschool partners who may be able to provide the support that can help children emerge from this crisis hopeful, confident, and resilient.

Sincerely,