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How Statewide Afterschool Networks increase investment in afterschool [Executive summary]

Statewide Afterschool Networks (SANs) are state coalitions of afterschool advocates who push for increased investment in afterschool programs, resources, and policies. More and more, SANs are providing critical leadership and support across their states to increase widespread investment in afterschool so youth have equal access to programs that help them achieve their full potential. The SANs are unique and reflective of their state context and afterschool communities, but they all share a deep commitment to expanding access to high-quality afterschool. They approach their work in varied ways and focus on different priorities, but they all develop dynamic partnerships with key stakeholders and use innovative and creative strategies to build support for afterschool. Drawing on interviews of several SANs leaders, this issue brief provides a look at how these networks are advancing investment in afterschool programs across their states. The report describes specific examples of how SANs leaders have addressed issues such as: Framing afterschool as critical to student success; Making every dollar count; Sustaining and growing programs; Improving program quality; Ensuring equity; Challenges and opportunities. (author abstract)
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