National Days of Advocacy

Lights On Afterschool and Summer Learning Day are two national days of advocacy to raise awareness of importance of out of school time programs.



Celebrate the 18th annual Lights On Afterschool Oct. 26, 2017!

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.


The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things—such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do and poetry—and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.


Planning to host an event? Be sure to REGISTER HERE


Now is the time to begin thinking about and planning your event. Consider this timeline guide in your efforts.


National Summer Learning Day

Summer Learning Day Events


National Summer Learning Day is a national advocacy day recognized to spread awareness about the importance of summer learning for our nation’s youth. Register your summer learning event or program to help families in your community find you! Find out more.



Lights On Afterschool 2016

Governor Haley proclaimed October 20, 2016 Lights On Afterschool Day as 2,300 students participate in events ranging from student writing, open house tours, speakers and more!



Read the full Proclamation.




SAVE THE DATE: July 14, 2016

The National Summer Learning Association is a WONDERFUL resource for activity ideas, planning guides, research and funding opportunities for summer camps.  Check it out today!


Together we can ensure all SC children are safe, healthy and engaged in learning during the summer.  Let’s prevent summer learning loss and be certain to do the following:

  • hire and train effective and motivated staff
  • align summer curricula with school year curricula
  • offer engaging and rigorous programming
  • maximize participation and attendance
  • have small groups
  • involve parents
Regular attendance in high-quality summer programs is associated with a range of positive academic and social development outcomes, including improved math and literacy skills, successful transition to the next grade, improved self-esteem and leadership skills, increase attachment to the labor market and increase likelihood of future employment.  (Chaplin & Capizzano 2006; Roderick & Nagaoka 2003; Cooper, et al. 1996; Bialeschki, Henderson and Jame 2007; Sum et al 2007; Granger, Durlak, Yohalem and Reisner 2007)

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Program Resources

Join and be a part of over 1300 diverse individuals and organizations who share the same mission of improving access to quality out of school time programs!

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We compiled resources including research, funding opportunities, activities, and more! All of which we hope will be useful to out of school time stakeholders.

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