Advocacy Tools for Parents

Send an email to your legislators or write a letter based on the sample and talking points below!

Sample Letter:

The Honorable [name]
U.S. Congress
Washington, DC, 20510 [Senate] / 20515 [House]

Dear [Representative/Senator _______]:

I was very disappointed to learn that the President has proposed eliminating the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative. As the parent of a child in an afterschool program [supported by the 21st Century initiative], I know what a huge difference afterschool programs make in the lives of children, parents and families. I can hardly think of a better investment of my tax dollars.

Afterschool programs keep children safe, inspire them to learn, and help working families – here in [city/town], across [state], and from coast to coast.

I urge you to reject the President’s proposal to eliminate or in any way reduce 21st Century funding, and instead work to increase support for afterschool and summer learning programs. Our children deserve it.



Your name
Street address and zip code
Email address

Talking Points for Parents:

  • Want to urge Members of Congress to fully fund afterschool programs through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative.
  • De-funding 21st Century Community Learning Centers would devastate millions of students and parents – like my family – that depend on afterschool and summer learning programs.
  • Afterschool has had a huge impact on my child. [Explain why.]
  • These programs are essential. They keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. Children, families, businesses and our economy need quality afterschool programs to continue helping students succeed in school and in life.
  • [Specific program name] and other afterschool programs make it possible for many parents, including me, to work; losing afterschool programs would jeopardize our ability to hold jobs and support our families. [Tell your story.]
  • Afterschool programs around the country provide homework help, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, mentoring, physical activities, healthy snacks and meals, robotics, computer programming, college- and job-readiness, opportunities for hands-on learning and much more.
  • The current federal investment in afterschool is modest, but it is absolutely vital to families and communities across the country, supporting afterschool for 1.6 million children. Still, for every child now in an afterschool program, two more are waiting to get in.
  • Trump’s proposal would result in fewer programs, diminished program offerings, and gutting of the partnerships between afterschool and summer learning programs and museums, businesses, colleges and others.
  • One in five children in the United States is unsupervised after the school day ends. We should be investing more in afterschool programs, not cutting the funding we have.
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