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Afterschool Alliance Engagement Calendar - 12 Month View
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Use upcoming events and releases to engage and build your audience, and share how quality afterschool programs inspire kids to learn, keep them safe, and give parents peace of mind. We will update this calendar tool on the communications site regularly. Use it to help plan your communications. Share sample messages as is, or tailor for your state!
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January 2019
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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week January 22-27, 2019; Natl Mentoring Month
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Content themes: Afterschool as a smart investment & outcomes data - lay ground work to negate argument Trump will make that afterschool doesn't work; Connecting Kids to Positive Role Models; support as substance misuse prevention
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Take Action:
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Introduce afterschool and your network to newly elected policymakers
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• Write a blog, newsletter article, social post or share a story on the themes above
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•        Continue to use polling data to educate newly electeds on voter desire for investing in afterschool; 
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Note:
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• Federal and state budget deliberations begin
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February
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Black History Month
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Content themes: President's Budget Proposal Released (expect it will call for elimating 21st CCLC); “I Love Afterschool”/Dont' Break Our Hearts Valentine campaign; Equity and Tough Conversations
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Feb 14
I heart afterschool....
Frame, change the cover photo
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Feb 18Presidents day
Patriotic post, learning
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Week of Feb 24
Black History month post
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Encourage parents to write Letters to the Editor to their local newspapers on afterschool
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Share social media posts from parents, kids, staff, and teachers using the sentence starter “I love afterschool…”
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Share resources for programs on equity, and having tough conversations about race
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Conferences/Events:
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Beyond School Hours, Feb 20-23, 2019, Atlanta
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• Potential release of the President’s budget; expect elimination of 21st CCLC funding
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March
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National Nutrition Month; Women's History Month; "3to6" Day 3/26)
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Content themes: Day of Action 3/26 for "3to6" day; Nutrition, Spring; opening of Lights On Afterschool poster contest
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Encourage programs to host site visits for their Congressional representatives while they're home on recess
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Share resources for programs on supporting healthy eating and afterschool meals
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•        Engage field in contacting leaders on 3/26, a day to remind lawmakers of the importance of afterschool programs 3to6 for kids and families
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Promote participation in Lights On Afterschool poster - 20th anniversary edition
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• National AfterSchool Association 2019 Conference, 3/15-3/18, NYC
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April
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State Network Meeting
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Content themes: Advocacy, Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week (4/22-4/26)
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Encourage parents to write Letters to the Editor to their local newspapers on afterschool
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Encourage programs to host site visits for their Congressional representatives while they're home on recess
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Share social media posts from parents, kids, staff, and teachers with Congressional representatives
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Conf/Events
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• 50 State Network Meeting, Chicago, April 8-10
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•        BOOST, Palm Springs., April 30-May 2
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May
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National Physical Fitness & Sports Month
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Content themes: healthy eating & physical exercise in afterschool, "thanks for a great school year,"
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Encourage parents to write Letters to the Editor to their local newspapers on afterschool
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Share social media posts from parents, kids, staff, and teachers engaging in physical exercise in afterschool
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June
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Content themes: summer learning, Afterschool for All Challenge - June 11-12, Wash, DC
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Encourage parents, educators to write Letters to the Editor to their local newspapers on summer learning
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Share social media posts from parents, kids, staff, and teachers engaging in physical exercise and learning in summer programs
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Share resources for communities on summer learning programs
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Afterschool for All Challenge, June 11-12, DC
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July
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Summer Learning
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Content themes: Summer learning programs; Parks & Rec Month
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Encourage summer learning programs to host site visits during the summer Congressional recess
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Share social media posts from parents, kids, staff, and teachers engaging in summer learning programs
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Share resources for communities on summer learning programs
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