April 7, 2021
The school day is the protein-rich foundation in your students’ day. Your 21st CCLC program is the light and sweet finish. When you align your efforts, everyone leaves the table satisfied. Y4Y’s new Click & Go, Health and Wellness: Partnering With the School Day, has simple tips on forming a delicious pairing.
We’re Hungry! (The Why)
This spring is an important time to commit to intentional collaboration with your school-day counterparts. This collaboration can and should intersect with staff at every level of your program.
- School-day teachers are taking an inventory of the academic recovery each student is facing. Students’ circumstances and their responses to virtual and hybrid education during the pandemic can vary widely, even within a single virtual classroom. Students’ academic gains and losses through this academic year are also likely to vary widely.
- Student health and wellness have suffered universally as well, but schools may be spread thin, given the high priority on academic recovery. Your program can play a key role in supporting students’ health and wellness.
- Funds are available! The Afterschool Alliance produced a webinar, “$122 Billion for Education in American Rescue Plan: What It Means for OST Programs,” on how out-of-school time programs like yours can boost their role in recovery. Your school-day partners will be hungry to work with you to maximize access to this funding on behalf of your mutual students.
- Most districts can’t follow their students through the summer, but your program can. Jointly, you can decide the best approach for each student.
Spread Generously. (The How)
Developing or strengthening partnerships with the school day doesn’t have to be complicated. Just intentional.
- Dust off Y4Y’s Continuous Education course. Partnering with the school day requires timeless strategies. Take the course to earn Basic, Advanced and Leadership Level certificates of completion on this timely topic. Look for tools like the Partnering With Schools Rubric, Getting Members on Your Program Team and Responsibility Checklist for Principal and Program Director for some of the staples you’ll need.
- View your school-day counterparts as partners more broadly. The Y4Y Strategic Partnership course also offers tools like a customizable staff training PowerPoint on Developing Program Champions. Full advocacy and buy-in from these critical players are central to the success of your program.
- Y4Y’s Quick Guide to Initiating a Health and Wellness Partnership With the School Day gives step-by-step partnership guidance. It will help you fill gaps as only out-of-school time programs can. As with most Y4Y tools, think of it as a highly adaptable document if your fact-finding with school-day partners tells you literacy or STEM need the most immediate resources.
Delish PB&J. (The What)
Get ready to implement the best activities your creative, mouth-watering programming juices can muster!
- Consult the Intentional Activity Design Diagram and Activity Planner for strategies to ensure your activities are aligning to the school day.
- Double- and triple-check your efforts with the Continuous Education Through 21st CCLC Activities Implementation Planning Checklist.
- Remember your role in areas where the school day may need the most support by reviewing the Y4Y Social Emotional Learning Activity Intentional Design Planner and the Planning Health and Wellness Activities Podcast.
- Don’t forget that student voice and choice enhances everything you do. Tools from the new Y4Y course on this subject can help. Start with the Activity Choice Form and Example Activity Schedule.
Unless you’re allergic to peanut butter, the idea of the PB&J pairing of the school day and your program should strike just the right tone. Each is made better with the other right there for balance. And each nourishes students in different but important ways. “Spread” the word!