Elected officials represent the voice of the community especially when they make after school policy decisions. Likewise, after school programs provide valuable resources to parents, youth, schools and the communities they serve. Despite the many benefits of afterschool, these programs face budget cuts at the local, state and federal levels. For this reason, afterschool providers can become strong advocates for expanding and sustaining the many services their programs provide children, their families and the community. There are several ways to advocate for afterschool: phone calls, letters, e- mail, news media and site visits. This toolkit will provide the user with a step-by-step process for connecting with your elected officials and organizing a site visit.
Definition of Expanded Learning Opportunities
The term Expanded Learning refers to before and after school, summer, intersession learning programs, that focus on developing the academic, social, emotional and physical needs and interests of students through hands-on, engaging learning experiences. Expanded Learning programs should be student-centered, results-driven, include community partners, and complement but not replicate learning activities in the regular school day/year.