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Policy and Action Center: Take Action

Congress is considering major changes to afterschool funding as part of education reform and the reauthorization of ESEA.  Learn more and Take Action to support afterschool.

Advocacy for afterschool can happen in 2 minutes or last a lifetime.  See what you can do:

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Ready for more?

Stay busy all year with our  Key Advocacy Dates for 2013

February 18-22

President’s Day Recess 

Invite officials to visit your program to talk to the children about their jobs and what they do to keep your community safe.

March 25-April 5

 

Passover and Easter Recess

Invite officials to visit your program and spend some time participating in activities with students.

 May 27-31


Memorial Day Recess

Invite officials to visit your programs to talk to the children about their jobs and what they do to keep your community safe.

May - September 

Key Vote - Congress Works on Appropriations

Call, write and fax your senators and representative. Organize the entire community to call and write letters to their Members of Congress asking them to support the proposed increase in afterschool funding. 

June 21

Summer Learning Day

Invite district offices to participate in a Summer Learning Day event.  Visit www.summerlearning.org for more information.

 July 1-5

Independence Day Recess

Invite your Members of Congress to visit your program and celebrate Independence Day with your students.

August 5 –

September 6

August Recess


Meet with your senators and representatives in their district offices or invite them to visit your afterschool or summer program.

September - October

Key Vote - House & Senate Conference on Appropriations Bills, Send to President

Call, fax and write to Congress and President Obama! Make sure they hear how important afterschool programs are to kids in your community and across the country!

October 1

Fiscal Year 2014 Begins

Start a letter-writing campaign to the White House urging an increase in funding for afterschool programs in FY2014.

October 17

14th Annual Lights On Afterschool Celebration

Invite all of your elected officials to local Lights On Afterschool events! Let them see how important afterschool programs are to the children and entire community that they serve.

November 5

Election Day

With the exception of a few gubernatorial races, this is an off year for elections, as there are no major national races. Your community might hold elections for local government offices. Download our campaign toolkit to help you make afterschool an election issue in your community.