National Policy Resources
While policy debates have been focused primarily on K-12 school day issues, some significant steps have been taken around afterschool. The Afterschool Alliance has been an active voice in the discussions working to ensure that all youth have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. Its mission is to engage public will to increase public and private investment in quality afterschool program initiatives at the national, state and local levels.
A blog on the latest research, resources, funding and policy on expanding quality afterschool and summer learning programs for children and youth.
National Summer Learning Association
As the national leader on summer learning and its role in education reform, NSLA is deeply interested in current discussions around federal policy issues. Its vision is that all children and youth have access to high-quality summer learning experiences to help them succeed in college, career and life. The opportunities for enriching summer experiences, healthy meals, a first job and more, open endless possibilities and doors to brighter futures for America's young people.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
With science and technology certain to drive future growth, strengthening STEM education has become a national priority. Now is the time for afterschool advocates to make our case and help policy makers recognize the value of out-of-school time to engage youth with STEM.
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is an anti-crime organization of nearly 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and violence survivors. They take a hard look at the research about what prevents kids from becoming criminals and put that information in the hands of policy makers and the general public.