Making the Case:
Educate & Be Prepared to Persuade
The Candidate’s Guide to Afterschool provides a primer on afterschool issues for candidates—from public opinion data and program supply & demand, to research on outcomes for youth, families and communities. Send the guide to candidates and their advisors with a personal note discussing how the issue affects your area. If you are able, tailor the guide to include data specific to your locality.
The parents of 18.5 million children would send their child to an afterschool program—if one were available.
Nearly 9 out of 10 voters are concerned that children are unsupervised after school with too much unstructured time. Half are very concerned. They are equally concerned about children and teens.
Afterschool keeps kids safe, inspires them to learn and helps America’s working families.
These three key points resonate with voters of every kind.
21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)—a $1.3 billion funding stream that supports afterschool programs in thousands of communities across America. Be familiar with the impact of these grants to the areas candidates want to represent.
|What Do I Say? Talking points to address common criticisms & misconceptions about afterschool →|
|Making Afterschool an Election Issue||Reaching Policy Makers|
|Sample Script for Calling Congress||Sample Script for Calling the White House|
|Sample Letter to the President||Building Relationships with Policy Makers - Organizing a Site Visit|
|Building Relationships with Policy Makers - Main||Election and Lobbying Guidelines|
|Policy Making Basics||Building Relationships with Policy Makers - Do's and Don'ts|
|Sample Letter from 21st CCLC or Other Programs||Building Relationships with Policy Makers - Call, Write or Fax Congress and the President|
|Building Relationships with Policy Makers - Organize a Letter Writing Campaign||Site Visit Sample Thank You Letter|
|Sample Letter from a Parent|