Ideas and Inspiration

For Families

Everyone appreciates being recognized for their efforts and a simple "thank you!" goes a long way!
Some 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
  • Healthy or non-food treats for the afterschool program staff
  • Gift cards for a specialty coffee, teacher supply store or bookstore

For Administrators/Managers

Thanking your staff shows them you appreciate what they do!
Some ideas to show your appreciation:

  • Sharing with parents and kids about Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week via email or social media
  • Providing healthy treats or lunch for staff
  • Creating awards for specific strengths of staff members (Best Family Communicator, STEM Star, Most Positive, etc.)
  • Sending a Press Release to your local media

For Communities & Affiliate Groups

When communities and organizations with similar missions 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 about Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week in your communications (web site, eNewsletters, social media)
  • Hosting events honoring the success of your local afterschool programs
  • Sending a Press Release to your local media
  • Asking local officials to proclaim the event