1. reach out to your elected officials

Now is the time to reach out to your elected officials about the importance of after school. To maintain and secure stable public funding, we must keep the momentum going by building new champions and thanking the legislators who have supported after school.

USE THIS CHECKLIST to help you engage your public officials at site visits, district offices meetings, and virtually.

Thursday, October 26 - Lights On Afterschool is only nationwide event celebrating after school programs and the important role they play in the lives of children, families, and communities.

  • host a site visit another day this fall

  • say "thank you"

There are lots of ways to thank the Assembly Members and Senators who helped pass the $50 million for ASES.

  • Students can send artwork
  • Students, families, and staff can send postcards
    Feel free to use these postcard templates:
    -- Thank You #1 Front & Back
    -- Thank You #2 Front & Back
    -- High Five
  • Invite legislators out to your program and present a certificate

Sample documents included in checklist:

Our success depends on our collective action. Please take a minute to let us know how you are engaging with elected officials and continuing to fight for after school.

2. Sign the petition to save after school

Tell the Governor and the Legislature that you support increased funding for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program this year. You can add your name as an individual, an organization, or both. More than 380 organizations and 2,441 individuals have already shared their support for more funding for ASES programs and the students and families they serve. Complete the form below to add your name [see full text below]:

Name *
Name
Support Save After School as *
Are you a parent or guardian of a child who attends an ASES Program? *

By pressing SUBMIT above, you are adding your support for the following:

California’s After School Education and Safety (ASES) program supports over 4,200 elementary and middle schools offering after school and summer programs to more than 400,000 students daily.

After school programs are essential to closing the achievement and opportunity gap. These programs are key partners for schools and families, providing underserved students with meaningful academic and enrichment activities, keeping kids safely off the streets during the prime time for juvenile crime, and offering necessary child care for working parents.

While the costs, demands, and expectations of ASES programs have consistently increased since the creation of ASES, funding for the program has not kept paced. Programs find it increasingly difficult to provide high-quality programming and risk being forced to close their doors altogether.

We the undersigned organizations and individuals, support ASES programs and urge the State of California to increase the ASES daily rate.


3. share your story

Tell us what you are experiencing without an increase in ASES funding: