Ways to Celebrate

For Families
Everyone appreciates being recognized for their efforts and influence and a simple "thank you!" goes a long way! Additional ideas include:

  • Hand-written cards from you and/or your child
  • An email to the staff member's manager or administrator
  • Fun handmade signs put up at the location of your program
  • Treats for the staff at your afterschool program
  • Gift cards for a specialty coffee, teacher supply store, or bookstore

For Administrators/Managers
Thanking your staff shows them you appreciate what they do for your program! Some ideas to show your appreciation includes:

  • Sharing with parents and kids about Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week via email or social media
  • Treats or lunch for staff
  • Awards for specific areas of strength of staff members (Best Communicator with Parents, STEM Star Award, Most Positive, etc.)
  • Send a Press Release to your local media

For Communities & Affiliate Groups
When communities and organizations with a similar mission recognize that afterschool programs and their staff members make a difference in the community, it shines the light on their efforts and accomplishments! Some ideas include:

  • Sharing that it's Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week in your communications (web site, eNewsletters, social media)
  • Host events honoring the success of your local afterschool programs
  • Send a Press Release to your local media
  • Ask local officials to proclaim the event