For Parents/ Families

Afterschool programs keep kids safe during the hours and months while parents and guardians are working. Researchers from Brandies University have identified a level of stress that parents experience regarding their children’s afterschool arrangements. This parent stress is costing companies between $50-$300 billion in healthcare and lost job productivity each year.

Parents, family members and guardians are important advocates for afterschool in Missouri! Keep kids safe and support child and youth development by telling others why your community needs afterschool and summer learning opportunities.

  • Share your story – Call, write or email your school board, superintendent, principal, local representatives, council members, and mayors.  Tell them how afterschool programs benefit your family. If your community does not have sufficient afterschool options, tell them why you need afterschool.
  • Spread the word – Talk to friends and community members to build public support and make afterschool a priority for elected officials.
  • Get involved and volunteer – Parents, students and anyone with time and a commitment to helping children can lend a hand.  Contact your local school or afterschool program to volunteer.
  • Donate – Many afterschool programs rely on private donations, parent fees, and in-kind services to keep their doors open.  Consider donating to a program in your neighborhood or school. ‘

Need an afterschool program in your community?

Talk to your local school officials and community partners (e.g., Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, churches, etc.) and visit our Start a Program resources section.


Are you an afterschool family? Do you strongly believe in the need for afterschool programs? Become an afterschool Champion by sharing your story with MASN.

Afterschool Committee Meetings

MASN hosts quarterly Afterschool Committee meetings where everyone (including parents!) can come together to work on issues related to Public Policy & Advocacy, Professional Development, Funding & Sustainability, Quality, and STEM.  For the upcoming meeting dates and RSVP link, please click here.   

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