Many states are issuing guidance documents to help communities prepare to reopen schools in the fall. If you haven't done so already, reach out now to school administrators to ensure afterschool is not an afterthought. Here are some tips and tools to help you get started.
As many schools and afterschool programs do their best to assess how to move forward with serving young people during the pandemic, many leaders, such as Tiffany Lillie, Director, Community Resource Development, Framingham Public Schools, say community task forces are piecing together what the future may look like, including planning to go fully remote in the fall if needed.
"It takes a village to raise a child ..."
All children have role models. The question remains whom this responsibility lands on and if they are willing and prepared.
The need for safety, support, and trusting reciprocal relationships becomes even more important now as we work to rebuild and return stronger than before COVID-19.
In the recent Let's Talk the Future of Afterschool conversation, Gina Warner, President and CEO, NAA, was joined by Jessica Newman, Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research, and Ebony Grace, Director of Partnerships and Quality Initiatives, NJSACC, NAA Board of Directors, where the topic of strengthening social and emotional support for adults and young people for reopening and beyond was addressed.
NAA's second Let's Talk the Future of Afterschool conversation, held on May 20, 2020, welcomed Jonathan Melendez, Coordinator, Fairfax County (Virginia) Out-of-School Time Network, and focused on school and afterschool coordination as we move forward towards reopening amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Let's Talk the Future of Afterschool is a bi-weekly, interactive conversation that provides timely updates and resources to our membership and inform policymakers, funders, and other decision-makers about the state of the afterschool field's efforts and needs.