We Need You

The afterschool field needs active champions—whether you run a program or are one of many allies who recognize the value of afterschool programs. The Afterschool STEM Hub produces and curates advocacy materials to influence policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels. This work builds on the significant work of the Afterschool Alliance, and is done in collaboration with the STEM Education Coalition, an influential STEM education advocacy organization in D.C.

Start here: A set of policy recommendations built on a foundation of current research; part of "STEM Ready America," a compendium presenting evidence and examples of programs and partnerships that prepare young people for success in school today and in tomorrow's workforce.

From Evidence to Policy: The Case for STEM in Afterschool

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

In December 2015, an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress passed a new national education law called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It provides tremendous opportunity to elevate the importance of afterschool and summer learning programs with key audiences and secure additional resources for out-of-school time. Right now, states and districts are actively figuring out where to direct resources.

Factsheet on STEM & ESSA: Developed by the Afterschool Alliance, this one-pager highlights the unique benefits of afterschool STEM and research showing how these programs get kids interested in STEM and boost academic achievement.

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Open Letter to Policymakers: Read our open letter urging state and local policy makers to ensure that afterschool, summer, and informal learning are integral components of state ESSA implementation plans, as well as any state-level policy initiatives.

Open Letter Talking Points

Informal STEM Education and ESSA Toolkit: The STEM Education Coalition and the Afterschool Alliance have collaborated to develop a toolkit of materials that include a guide to opportunities and funding through ESSA, webinars, and more.

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Afterschool and ESSA Toolkit: This playbook from the Afterschool Alliance will help you understand which parts of the new law have the most potential for afterschool more broadly, with whom you can engage, and how.

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Federal Policy

(Federal) Resources for STEM Education: Released April 17, 2017 by the Department of Education, this document will help you identify ways to use Federal formula grants to supprt STEM education through ESSA; the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.

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Afterschool Alliance STEM Policy Webpage: The Afterschool Alliance tracks federal legislation beyond ESSA, including the America COMPETES Act and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, as well as White House initiatives related to afterschool STEM.

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Memo to the Trump Administration: The Afterschool STEM Hub submitted a memo to the Trump Administration's transition team on November 2016, outlining a vision of STEM impact and issuing a call to action to increase access to high-quality afterschool STEM programs through federal funding.

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Summer Learning and STEM

The Power of Summer: Created by the National Summer Learning Association, this pamphlet describes emerging themes in state policy, along with federal policy opportunities that support STEM education during the summer months. 

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