Engage Every Student is a bold new call to action to provide high-quality out-of-school time learning opportunities for every child who wants to participate.
All students should have the supports they need to realize their full potential. Afterschool and summer learning programs are a critical part of that support.
Through the American Rescue Plan, school districts, cities, and states have funding and an unprecedented opportunity to partner with high-quality expanded learning programs to support students’ well-being and academic growth.
The U.S. Department of Education has partnered with the Afterschool Alliance, AASA, the School Superintendents Association, National League of Cities, National Summer Learning Association, and the National Comprehensive Center to provide schools and communities the connections and assistance they may need to expand access to afterschool and summer learning programs.
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The National Comprehensive Center leads technical assistance and professional learning opportunities for state summer and afterschool leaders.
Seven state teams and the U.S. Department of Education currently participate in the Strategic Use of Summer and Afterschool Set Asides Community of Practice. State representatives interested in joining the second cycle should contact Hillary Oravec.
The Summer and Out-of-School Time site provides information to “get smart quick” on key topics, including research evidence and policy, learning and enrichment strategies, addressing a range of student needs, and finance and budgeting.
The Summer Learning and Enrichment Collaborative shares resources provided to field leaders during summer 2021 to explore summer and afterschool as key strategies to accelerate learning for students through COVID recovery and ARP | ESSER set-asides.
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)’s State Summer Learning Network in partnership with National Summer Learning Association and Supported by The Wallace Foundation, provides universal technical assistance and supports states through informational webinars and a small network of state education agency leaders and their community partners committed to implementing a broad vision for equity in summer learning. All of the resources are available to anyone interested.
Afterschool state networks have relationships with providers across the state. Find your afterschool state network.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care, The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) provides training and technical assistance to the state, territory, and Tribal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) lead agencies and their designated networks, which include the statewide afterschool networks, State Education Agencies, provider associations, and Child Care Resource and Referral agencies. The goal of NCASE is to ensure that school-age children in working families of low income have increased access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning experiences that contribute to their overall development and academic achievement.
NCASE offers a number of services to help expand the supply and quality of school-age afterschool and summer programs. This includes research, publication, and technical assistance, as well as coordinating peer learning communities for cross collaboration between state education, statewide afterschool networks, and child care agencies. In addition, NCASE maintains a robust Resource Library containing issue briefs, tools, and other publications on a range of out-of-school topics. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit the NCASE website. Also consider connecting with your statewide afterschool network about their cross-sector work in school-age care.
Helpkidsrecover.org is a resource designed specifically for education leaders about tapping ARP funds for summer and afterschool programs. The site includes: principles of quality programming; funding available to districts; the evidence base for afterschool and summer programs; and a map showing examples of how districts around the country have formed partnerships with afterschool and summer providers using ARP funds.
The Wallace Foundation’s Summer Learning Toolkit includes free planning and resources that are directly aligned to the largest, most definitive study of summer learning programs offered by districts in collaboration with community partners.
The Wallace Foundation’s District Summer Learning Network provides planning support to member districts to create evidence-aligned 3-year roadmaps and implementation plans that center equity, partnerships, and whole child development. Districts interested in learning more or joining the SY22-23 cohort should contact email@example.com.
Power of Partnerships website: The School Superintendents Association (AASA) offers this collection of resources supporting why local educators should invest in afterschool and summer opportunities and partnership using ARP and other funds.
Learning 2025: Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education: An initiative of The School Superintendents Association (AASA) that calls for holistic redesign of the public school system by 2025, including out-of-school time learning opportunities.
50 State Afterschool Network. Afterschool state networks are a good resource for connecting school districts to providers in their community. Find your afterschool state network.
Reach out to your local elected officials about the city’s ARP investments in afterschool and summer learning programs. Find out if your community is making investments using the National League of Cities’ interactive map. This is an opportunity to create city-school partnerships to fund programs jointly and expand impact. Schools can connect students to city programs if none are available from the school.
The National Summer Learning Association works with communities on Summer Landscape Assessments to create a snapshot of summer, including data mapping and identifying gaps, redundancies, and opportunities. This systems building work includes a Community Indicators of Effective Summer Learning Systems (CIESLS) Self-Assessment, production of a public-facing report summarizing the results and recommendations, and strategic planning to create a summer learning system action plan. Here is a sample of the Greater Atlanta Community Report produced in partnership with the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network.
The Afterschool Alliance ARP site has background on ARP funding in your community and tools to help you reach out to school districts.
The Afterschool Alliance funding database has more than 100 sources of funding for afterschool and summer learning programs.
Check with your state afterschool network for resources and tips for your area.
The National Summer Learning Association offers training and support for program providers to plan, train staff, prepare, and measure effectiveness for the coming summer. Sessions and workshops include Program Planning, Program Management, Positive Youth Development, and Summer Starts in September Program Planning. Thoughtfully planned summer programs with well-trained staff members can offer young people an enriching summer experience, better preparing them to be successful in college, career, and life.
Join the National Summer Learning Association’s free Professional Summer Learning Communities (PSLC). Planned, led, and facilitated by expert out-of-school time program providers quarterly, the PSLCs convene to train youth development staff through networking, webinars, national conferences, professional development and tools. Communities include:
Environment & Outdoor
New Vision for Summer Schools
Public and Affordable Housing
Libraries and Literacy
Health & Fitness
Youth Employment & Internships
College Access & Summer MELT
Research & Evidence
Reach out to your local elected officials about the city’s ARP investments in afterschool and summer learning programs. Find out if your community is making investments using the National League of Cities’ interactive map. Many cities have not determined their investment strategy yet, so connect with your mayor and city council members to make the case for why afterschool and summer programs are worthy investments right now using messaging and data from these Afterschool and Summer Learning Briefs.
Engage Every Student was launched by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on July 14, 2022.
With support from five coordinating partners and more than 20 allied organizations, this Initiative aims to ensure that every student who wants a spot in a high-quality out-of-school time program has one.
The National Comprehensive Center
The National Comprehensive Center works with state education agencies (SEAs), regional education agencies (REAs), Tribal education agencies (TEAs), local education agencies (LEAs), schools, Regional Comprehensive Centers (Regional Centers), the U.S. Department of Education, and other national partners to enhance the quality of instruction, close achievement gaps, and improve educational outcomes for all students. We develop and deliver high-quality capacity-building products and services to address pressing education needs and common challenges. As part of our work, we lead the Comprehensive Center Network (CCNetwork), partnering with Regional Centers to identify and elevate emerging needs and share stories from the field to spread evidence-based practices and build capacity.
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The School Superintendents Association
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is the professional organization for more than 10,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. Founded in 1865, we have 49 chartered state affiliates, a regional configuration of seven distinct geographic areas, a Canadian affiliate, and an international unit, which, together with AASA, form a cohesive network impacting local, state, and national education policy and practice. AASA advocates for equitable access to the highest quality public education for all students and develops and supports school system leaders to ensure student success.
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National Summer Learning Association
For nearly 30 years, the National Summer Learning Association has worked to combat summer learning loss and close the achievement and opportunity gaps which research shows grows most dramatically between lower and higher income students over the summer months. Our vision is, and always has been, to ensure all young people in America, regardless of background, income, and zip-code, can participate in and benefit from a high-quality summer learning experience, every year. NSLA supports and collaborates with a broad and ever-growing network of 15,000+ leaders of school districts, youth serving government agencies, non-profit and corporate partners focused on improving the lives of youth. By investing in summer learning, we are working together to promote equity, create opportunity, and build community for young people and their families across the country.
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The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality afterschool and summer programs. We work with partners at every level to expand afterschool resources, from national allies to state and city networks, from the U.S. Congress to governors and city leaders, and are proud to support a broad network of 25,000 local afterschool programs. For every child in an afterschool program, three are waiting to get in. We’re working to change that.
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National League of Cities
The National League of Cities (NLC) is an organization of city, town and village leaders that are focused on improving the quality of life for their residents of today and tomorrow. With over 90 years of dedication to the strength, health and advancement of local governments, NLC has gained the trust and support of more than 2,500 cities across the nation. Together, our mission is to strengthen local leadership, influence federal policy and drive innovative solutions. The Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute), housed within NLC, is the go-to place for city leaders seeking to improve outcomes for children and families. With expertise in early childhood success, education & expanded learning, promoting a culture of health, youth & young adult connections, and economic opportunity & financial empowerment, the YEF Institute reaches cities of all sizes and brings together local leaders to develop strategies via technical assistance projects, peer learning networks, leadership academies, and Mayors’ Institutes.
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