IAA Policy Updates

It is critical that afterschool programs and advocates be educated on current policy, as well as the importance of advocacy, itself. Check out the following resources for advocacy.

Why Summer Still Matters - Policy One-Pager
Afterschool and Summer as Part of the Solution - Policy One-Pager

NEW! Iowa Afterschool Alliance Advocacy Guide

Throughout the legislative session, the IAA publishes policy updates bi-weekly to keep advocates updated on what's happening with afterschool-related legislation. Check them out here!

March 16, 2018 
March 2, 2018  
February 16, 2018   
February 2, 2018
January 19, 2018


Check out these great videos on afterschool in Iowa!

IAA Policy and Partnerships Committee

The Policy and Partnerships Committee develops the IAA’s advocacy strategy and works to align and inform policies at all levels that support afterschool.


  • Create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional, and local partnerships, particularly school-community partnerships, focused on supporting statewide policy development.
  • Support the development and growth of statewide policies that will secure the resources that are needed to sustain new and existing afterschool programs.
  • Support statewide systems to ensure programs are of high quality.

If you would like to join this effort or learn more about the Policy Work Group, please contact Michelle Rich.

Getting Involved

Local program providers, afterschool supporters, community leaders, parents, and youth are integral to the process of deciding which ideas become laws. The Iowa Afterschool Alliance relies on its members and other supporters of afterschool to share their stories and viewpoints with members of the Iowa Legislature, as well as Congress on the Federal level and local school boards, city councils, county boards of supervisors, and various other governing bodies on the local level. The IAA provides a number of tools for advocates that want to get involved, but just need a little help to get started. Please contact the IAA for more information or to discuss possibilities for training in your community.

Don’t know who your state legislator is? Visit the General Assembly’s website to find out who represents your district. Follow this link for a listing of Iowa’s legislators.

Outreach Tool: Site Visits

In January 2011, Congressman Dave Loebsack of Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District visited the S.T.A.R.S. 21st Century Community Learning Centers program in the Cedar Rapids area. He spent the afternoon checking out the students’ activities and hearing directly from the youth why they enjoy spending time in their afterschool program.

Ask your elected officials to see your programming in action! Tell them about the outcomes you're seeing, as well as what they can do to help support your program. Here are some general tips for working with legislators.

Policy Documents


2015 Afterschool Snack Legislative Reception Invitation
2015 Iowa General Assembly Education Committees
An article about the "activity gap" that is pushing disadvantaged kids further behind

Afterschool as the Solution
About Iowa 21st Century Community Learning Centers
2014 Afterschool Policy Statement
What Does STEM Active Learning in Afterschool Look Like?
2014 Expanded Learning Legislative Breakfast Invitation

2013 Legislative Breakfast Invitation


Afterschool Facts: Updated for 2012
Literacy Strategies That Work
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) that Students Enjoy
Mitigating Summer Learning Loss

2011 Afterschool Issue Brief
IAA Extended Learning Initiative Case Statement (2011)

Iowa’s Blueprint for Afterschool
Iowa’s Blueprint for Afterschool:Five Strategies for Ensuring Access to Affordable High-Quality Afterschool in Iowa for Children and Youth Ages 5 - 17 is intended to start conversations, raise awareness and provide a plan for next steps for afterschool around the state. The Blueprint outlines five major strategies for ensuring that all children and youth have access to high quality afterschool programs in their communities.

Click here for Iowa’s Blueprint for Afterschool. For a short summary document on Iowa’s Blueprint for Afterschool, click here.

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