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Weekly Media Roundup: May 13, 2020

OCCA Develops “Art Kits” For 21st Century After School Program, The News Guard (Oregon) This school year, the Sam Case Elementary 21st Century Afterschool Program in Newport, Oregon partnered with the Oregon Coast Council of the Arts (OCCA) to facilitate four-week art classes for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/13/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 6, 2020

Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Program Makes House Calls, Augusta Free Press (Virginia) On Monday, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Adventure Club in Augusta County, Virginia delivered care packages to students. They included handwritten notes, sidewalk chalk, and materials...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/06/20

Weekly Media Roundup: April 29, 2020

YMCA to Finish '7 Habits of Happy Kids' Series Via Video, The Sentinel-Record (Arkansas) This year, the Hot Springs Family YMCA Successful Children Out-of-School Recreation and Education (S.C.O.R.E.) afterschool program in Arkansas has facilitated a social-emotional learning series...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/29/20

Weekly Media Roundup: April 15, 2020

After School Program Adjusting to Help Kids When There’s No School, QuadCities.com (Iowa) While in-person programming is suspended due to coronavirus, the Spring Forward afterschool program in the Quad Cities region of Iowa has launched Spring Forward At Home. Through a partnership with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/15/20

Views from VISTAs: Updates from March 2020

Photo by Pragyan Bezbaruah, courtesy of Picnoi. AmeriCorps’ Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) work to alleviate poverty by providing indirect service to their communities. Our afterschool VISTAs and the work they do are essential to the expansion of afterschool access for the...

BY: Marisa Paipongna      04/13/20

Weekly Media Roundup, April 8, 2020

With Coronavirus Shuttering Its After-School Program, South Reading Youth Initiative Sends Help to Students' Homes, Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania) At the South Reading Youth Initiative afterschool program in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 100 first and second grade school students receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/08/20

Weekly Media Roundup: March 25, 2020

‘We Have Built a Very Strong Connection to Our Girls’: Girls Inc. Finding Creative Ways to Stay in Touch, Taunton Daily Gazette (Massachusetts) Each weekday, the Girls, Inc. program in Taunton, Massachusetts is offering a ‘virtual afterschool program’ via the video...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/25/20

Weekly Media Roundup: March 18, 2020

Despite Closed Doors, Cooperage Continues to Serve, WNEP-TV (Pennsylvania) The Cooperage Project provides robust afterschool programming to children in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The nonprofit recently had to cancel its afterschool program due to the coronavirus pandemic but, like other...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/18/20

Weekly Media Roundup: March 11, 2020

IPlay Gives San Antonio Kids a Safe Place to Play and Learn After School, KENS 5 (Texas) At iPlay afterschool programs in San Antonio, Texas, students can play basketball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, run track, get academic support and more. Fifty-eight elementary schools in and around San...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/11/20

Weekly Media Roundup: March 4, 2020

'Not a Babysitter': After-School Program Keeps Students Engaged After Final Bell Rings, Cumberland Times-News (Maryland) In the Allegany County Public School afterschool program in Cumberland, Maryland, students have learned about cybersecurity from IBM employees, water testing from the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/04/20

Making masks and feeding kids: How Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg, WV is responding to COVID-19

The staff at the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg, West Virginia, are continuing to provide essential support to children, families, and communities across their city in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Many families in Parkersburg who struggled even before the pandemic are facing a new...

BY: Ursula Helminski      04/28/20

Program spotlight: After-School All-Stars standing with students and working families

“This crisis has changed many things about what our daily lives look like as program providers but one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to implementing creative, collaborative ways to serve our students and families. Right now, we are doing everything we can to slow the...

BY: Ursula Helminski      04/16/20

Guest blog: Digital ways to advocate for your youth on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day

Photo by Matthew Smith on Unsplash By Rachel Weisbrot, education associate for Earth Day Network. Earth Day Network is a non-profit organization whose mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. The first Earth Day in 1970 brought 20...

BY: Guest Blogger      04/14/20

Bringing STEM learning home during social distancing

These are difficult times for so many of our young people and their families. With school closures impacting families across the country, and extracurricular activities put on hold, finding ways for students to stay busy and engaged is likely at the top of mind for parents and guardians....

BY: Chris Neitzey      03/19/20

FY21 budget request looks familiar when it comes to STEM education

It’s been over a year since the Trump administration released their five-year STEM Education strategy, and in that time, appropriations for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education programs at the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, NASA, and other...

BY: Chris Neitzey      02/27/20

State of STEM learning in Congress and the White House

Rural STEM Education Act introduced in House   A new bill, H.R. 4979 - Rural STEM Education Act, was introduced in the House on November 5 to address the lack of STEM education opportunities for students in rural areas. The bipartisan legislation, introduced by Rep. Lucas (R-Okla.) and...

BY: Chris Neitzey      11/15/19

Get the latest afterschool STEM news in your inbox

The next issue of the Afterschool Lab Report is coming in just a few days. Brought to you each quarter by the Afterschool STEM Hub, a project of the Afterschool Alliance, the newsletter provides the latest STEM education policy updates, new resources, upcoming opportunities for advocacy, and new...

BY: Leah Silverberg      10/31/19

Bipartisan Youth Workforce Readiness Act announced

In late September, plans to introduce the bipartisan, bicameral Youth Workforce Readiness Act were announced in the House and Senate by Sen. Smith (D-Minn.) and Rep .Josh Harder (D-Calif.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.). The legislation would provide funding for hands-on skills education at...

BY: Erik Peterson      10/03/19

4-H is seeking Game Changers this October

By Kittrina Thompson, digital marketing manager, National 4-H Council, 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) is an annual initiative inspiring kids everywhere to take an active interest in STEM topics through hands-on learning. Celebrations begin October 1, with participation across the country...

BY: Guest Blogger      08/22/19

Facebook’s Engineer For The Week program showed my students they are leaders – and just how far their skills can take them

By Afterschool Ambassador Andrea Bridges, executive director, The CARE Center, New Hope, Alabama. I think afterschool programs have special powers when they partner with businesses and organizations to broaden students’ horizons. So when I was recently invited by the Afterschool Alliance...

BY: Guest Blogger      08/20/19

Congress nears passage on third Coronavirus response legislation

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Congress has debated and passed multiple pieces of legislation meant to address the immediate and urgent needs of citizens, first responders and healthcare professionals, employers and others. As the pandemic stretches into its second week of widespread...

BY: Erik Peterson      03/26/20

Trump administration hosts call with nonprofit leaders amid pandemic

By Della Cronin, principal of the Bose Public Affairs Group. On Wednesday, over 150 nonprofit leaders, including Afterschool Alliance executive director Jodi Grant, joined a call hosted by the White House to hear from President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Surgeon General Jerome...

BY: Guest Blogger      03/25/20

State flexibility supports 21st CCLC ability to adapt to COVID Emergency

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash. As governors, state agencies, and school districts across the U.S. grapple with school closure decisions, the afterschool programs that provide out-of-school time academic support and the child care working parents need are also finding their...

BY: Jillian Luchner      03/24/20

Policy update: Congress continues to address COVID-19

Last week we saw thousands of school districts close; the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. continue to increase; and on Wednesday, hundreds of afterschool advocates reach out to Congress for the Afterschool for All Challenge to share the impact of the pandemic on communities and young...

BY: Erik Peterson      03/23/20

Recap: Education stakeholder briefing from ED, CDC & USDA

The Department of Education held a stakeholder call on March 20 to update the field of education stakeholders on efforts surrounding the Coronavirus. The call came on the heels of a Department of Education announcement that flexibility within the Federal Education K-12 Law ESSA would be offered...

BY: Jillian Luchner      03/20/20

House passes COVID-19 bill

By Jodi Grant and Jillian Luchner. The good news – late last week, the House of Representatives put partisanship aside to begin addressing the coronavirus pandemic, with House Bill H.R. 6201. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed the House with "yea" votes from 223...

BY: Guest Blogger      03/16/20

COVID-19: Considerations for the afterschool field

Photo courtesy of CDC/ Karnesha Slaughter (2015) by Scott Housley. The outbreak of COVID-19 raises questions and concerns for all of us. For afterschool providers, intermediaries, and networks, there are even more complexities. While we can’t provide answers for your specific community and...

BY: Ursula Helminski      03/12/20

A message from the Afterschool Alliance on COVID-19

Dear Afterschool Stakeholders, These are scary times. So many of the children, youth and families we serve are already dealing with fears and traumas. Now they will face more. For the first time in my lifetime, we are facing a pandemic and it will change life in America… for a few weeks...

BY: Jodi Grant      03/12/20

Ensuring access to school meals during COVID-19 related school closures

As we hear about more and more schools closing across the country due to COVID-19, we wanted to give you a quick update on ways afterschool programs and partners can help to mitigate the impact on families that rely on school meals. USDA Food and Nutrition Service has approved waivers for a...

BY: Erik Peterson      03/12/20

Breaking the cycle of substance use at Camp Mariposa

By Rose Frey, winter intern for 2019-2020 at the Afterschool Alliance. Photo courtesy of Camp Mariposa's website. There are more than 9 million children in the U.S. that are living in a home with a parent who uses illicit drugs, and these children are at high-risk for a host of issues....

BY: Guest Blogger      03/06/20

HR 266 signed into law; additional Paycheck Protection Program funds are now available

On April 24, following passage by the Senate and House earlier last week, the President signed into law HR 266 - the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (also known as CARES Act 2.0 or as COVID19 stimulus package 3.5). The $480 million legislation focuses primarily on...

BY: Erik Peterson      04/27/20

How federal legislation can help non-profits support employees during COVID emergency

The recent legislation known as the CARES Act provided a third emergency supplemental of funding and included direct help to people and businesses on the ground suffering the economic impacts of the pandemic. We have seen a number of great resources from organizations to help beneficiaries...

BY: Jillian Luchner      04/01/20

Virtual advocacy day earns results for afterschool

On March 17 and 18, dedicated afterschool advocates from 48 states participated in our first all-virtual Afterschool for All Challenge. For many, their advocacy efforts took place amidst the first week of school (and often afterschool) closures in their states. Afterschool advocates were eager to...

BY: Jen Rinehart      03/31/20

House passes COVID-19 bill

By Jodi Grant and Jillian Luchner. The good news – late last week, the House of Representatives put partisanship aside to begin addressing the coronavirus pandemic, with House Bill H.R. 6201. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed the House with "yea" votes from 223...

BY: Guest Blogger      03/16/20

One week until the Virtual Afterschool for All Challenge: A policy and appropriations update

A month ago the president released his FY 2021 budget proposal, officially kicking off the appropriations process in Washington, D.C. Since then the House and the Senate Appropriations Committee and Subcommittees have been soliciting spending priorities from members of Congress and the public,...

BY: Erik Peterson      03/10/20

Trump administration proposes eliminating afterschool, again

On a rainy Monday in Washington, the Trump administration released its fiscal year 2021 full budget proposal. The full budget represents the president’s vision for how Congress should spend federal funds for the fiscal year that begins October 1, 2020 (FY 2021) and, for the fourth...

BY: Erik Peterson      02/10/20

FY2020 appropriations update: Afterschool funding increased!

House and Senate appropriators reached an agreement on final subcommittee allocations to avert a shutdown and fund the government past the December 20 deadline.  The final  bi-partisan bill language specifying funding levels for all government programs provides $1.25 billion for...

BY: Erik Peterson      12/17/19

Federal funding update: Stopgap spending measure until Dec. 20

With federal funding set to expire on November 21, Congress voted to extend temporary funding for the federal government through December 20 with the president signing the bill into law yesterday just hours before the deadline. The federal government has been operating under a continuing...

BY: Erik Peterson      11/22/19

College Affordability Act presents a mixed bag for afterschool supporters

On October 15, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, introduced the College Affordability Act (H.R. 4674) (CAA) on behalf of all the Committee Democrats. Working expeditiously, the Committee  then passed the bill on October 31 by a 28-22 partisan...

BY: Jillian Luchner      11/18/19

Share your yoice: Join the Let’s Talk About Election 2020 Youth Media Challenge

It is hard to believe, but the 2020 elections are just over a year away! Are you looking for civic engagement opportunities for youth in your afterschool program? Consider participating in Let’s Talk About Election 2020 youth media challenge, a free, standards-aligned program on KQED Learn,...

BY: Alexis Steines      11/12/19

WORK NOW Act introduced in Senate, would help nonprofit organizations including afterschool providers

Late last week Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) along with Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai’i), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), introduced legislation to help nonprofit organizations meet an increase in demand for their services due to the coronavirus pandemic while helping newly...

BY: Erik Peterson      05/18/20

Program spotlight: ourBRIDGE for KIDS working with immigrant and refugee families amidst COVID-19

Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, ourBRIDGE for KIDS (ourBRIDGE) is an afterschool program that works with immigrant and refugee students new to the United States. The program—whose three core pillars are academic support, trauma-informed care, and cultural pride—serves...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      05/15/20

While collaboration between youth-serving organizations continues, gaps in service still exist

In a Forum for Youth Investment webinar, Shaping Summertime Experiences: Aligning Practice to Recommendations Recap and Resources, panelists Dr. Deborah Moroney, managing director at American Institutes for Research, and Chris Smith, president and executive director of Boston After School &...

BY: Bella DiMarco      05/14/20

Fifth COVID-19 response bill, the HEROES ACT, to be voted on in the House of Representatives

On May 12, Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives released the next COVID-19 relief bill, a $3 trillion package that could become the fifth major response and relief legislation and seeks to provide a comprehensive next step in helping the nation respond to the pandemic. The...

BY: Erik Peterson      05/13/20

How federal government funding is supporting child care in the states

Economic recovery cannot happen without child care, including quality, comprehensive care for school-age children of working parents. If the concern has not already impacted you directly, you may have become aware from the news stories which keep flooding in. “Will Child Care Be There...

BY: Jillian Luchner      05/12/20

Discovery Ed: App for kids to measure social distance, learning resources for parents and educators

Discovery Education has created a free app that helps children understand social distancing. The app allows users to point a device at another person or object and see if it is an appropriate social distance. The app, called Social Distancing Training, helps young people grasp the abstract concept...

BY: Ursula Helminski      05/11/20

How Horton's Kids is serving kids in their community during COVID-19: Part II - Finding Funding & Sustaining Impact

Horton’s Kids is a 21st Century Community Learning Center program serving K-12 students from the Wellington Park community in Southeast Washington, DC. Watch Horton’s Kids leadership team discuss the financial challenges they face during COVID-19 closures and how they are pivoting to...

BY: Chandler Hall      05/08/20

Stimulus checks are being donated to support essential workers & immigrant communities

Over the last week, many Americans received stimulus payments via direct deposit from the IRS; however, many people were left out of this program. While some may still have funds coming eventually, many of those in communities we serve will not. Additionally, some receiving stimulus funding may...

BY: Nicole Pettenati      05/08/20

Staying connected & distributing resources: Afterschool’s response to COVID-19

Despite closures and social distancing, many providers are finding ways to stay connected with students and families. Afterschool programs are using remote check-ins with their students and families to ensure they’re safe and have the resources they need. A few of the strategies we’ve...

BY: Ursula Helminski      05/07/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 6, 2020

Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Program Makes House Calls, Augusta Free Press (Virginia) On Monday, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Adventure Club in Augusta County, Virginia delivered care packages to students. They included handwritten notes, sidewalk chalk, and materials...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/06/20

WORK NOW Act introduced in Senate, would help nonprofit organizations including afterschool providers

Late last week Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) along with Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai’i), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), introduced legislation to help nonprofit organizations meet an increase in demand for their services due to the coronavirus pandemic while helping newly...

BY: Erik Peterson      05/18/20

How federal government funding is supporting child care in the states

Economic recovery cannot happen without child care, including quality, comprehensive care for school-age children of working parents. If the concern has not already impacted you directly, you may have become aware from the news stories which keep flooding in. “Will Child Care Be There...

BY: Jillian Luchner      05/12/20

How Horton's Kids is serving kids in their community during COVID-19: Part II - Finding Funding & Sustaining Impact

Horton’s Kids is a 21st Century Community Learning Center program serving K-12 students from the Wellington Park community in Southeast Washington, DC. Watch Horton’s Kids leadership team discuss the financial challenges they face during COVID-19 closures and how they are pivoting to...

BY: Chandler Hall      05/08/20

HR 266 signed into law; additional Paycheck Protection Program funds are now available

On April 24, following passage by the Senate and House earlier last week, the President signed into law HR 266 - the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (also known as CARES Act 2.0 or as COVID19 stimulus package 3.5). The $480 million legislation focuses primarily on...

BY: Erik Peterson      04/27/20

Implementation process begins for CARES Act education funds

While the CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, the $30.75 billion Education Stabilization Fund authorized by the legislation is still in the early stages of the implementation process led by the US Department of Education. Four grant programs were created through the CARES Act under the...

BY: Erik Peterson      04/15/20

How federal legislation can help non-profits support employees during COVID emergency

The recent legislation known as the CARES Act provided a third emergency supplemental of funding and included direct help to people and businesses on the ground suffering the economic impacts of the pandemic. We have seen a number of great resources from organizations to help beneficiaries...

BY: Jillian Luchner      04/01/20

CARES Act signed into law, includes support for afterschool, nonprofits, and child care

On March 27 the House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (The CARES Act), also known as the Third COVID-19 Supplemental Relief bill, and the president signed the legislation into law. The third Coronavirus response package passed both the Senate and House unanimously...

BY: Erik Peterson      03/31/20

Recap: Education stakeholder briefing from ED, CDC & USDA

The Department of Education held a stakeholder call on March 20 to update the field of education stakeholders on efforts surrounding the Coronavirus. The call came on the heels of a Department of Education announcement that flexibility within the Federal Education K-12 Law ESSA would be offered...

BY: Jillian Luchner      03/20/20

FY21 budget request looks familiar when it comes to STEM education

It’s been over a year since the Trump administration released their five-year STEM Education strategy, and in that time, appropriations for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education programs at the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, NASA, and other...

BY: Chris Neitzey      02/27/20

New legislation on building a diverse teacher workforce with Grow Your Own Programs

Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) introduced the Classrooms Reflecting Communities Act (S. 2887) late last year to engage student learning by helping educators in schools become more demographically representative of the communities they serve, and supporting rural schools struggling with teacher...

BY: Jillian Luchner      01/17/20

Enter the 2020 Lights On Afterschool Poster Contest: $500 grand prize!

We’re bringing back the Lights On Afterschool poster contest! Grab your markers and sketchbooks, your digital art pads and pens: the afterschool artist who creates the winning masterpiece will take home $500 for their afterschool program! As always, the winning artwork will be printed on...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      02/07/20

From New York to San Francisco, America’s landmarks shined for Lights On Afterschool

Hernando De Soto Gateway to Memphis Bridge in Memphis, TN. Courtesy of Mary Graham. Last Thursday, as America celebrated Lights On Afterschool for the 20th consecutive year, landmarks across the country lit up in yellow and blue to support the afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/28/19

20th Lights On Afterschool: 1 million people, 10,000 events, 1,000s of lightings and billboards

For the 20th Lights On Afterschool, afterschool programs, supporters, and youth took the nation’s only rally for afterschool to new heights. More than 1 million students, parents, educators, business and faith leaders, policy makers, community members, and more gathered at schools, parks,...

BY: Ursula Helminski      10/25/19

It's finally here: The bright, brilliant, record-breaking 20th Lights On Afterschool!

The lights will be on for afterschool programs today as students, parents, educators, business and faith leaders, policy makers, community members and others come to schools, parks, campuses, state capitols, city halls, museums, malls, and other venues to show their support for afterschool...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      10/24/19

Lights On Afterschool events showcase healthy eating, stress management & active lifestyles

Afterschool programs are key players in ensuring children’s well-being, addressing challenges such as hunger and food insecurity, managing stress, encouraging physical activity, and avoiding alcohol and drugs. Many Lights On Afterschool events this year are showcasing how afterschool programs...

BY: Lisa Lederer      10/22/19

New sample materials for Lights On Afterschool

There are just three more days until the 20th Lights On Afterschool, and we've got a few final updates for your celebration!  We've updated our news release, detailing some of the amazing events happening this year and the new report from Fight Crime: Invest In...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      10/21/19

10 bright ideas for a fun, easy Lights On event

The 20th Lights On Afterschool is only a few days away! There's still time to plan an amazing event, or to add another dimension to your plans for October 24. Visit our Last-Minute Ideas page to find easy, fun ways to celebrate. Here are a few examples to spark your...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      10/18/19

Reach out now to generate coverage of your Lights On Afterschool event!

For most afterschool programs, and for the afterschool field overall, Lights On Afterschool is the most visible time of the year. It’s a time when we use social and mainstream media to share the wonderful, fun, educational activities afterschool programs offer and the many ways they support...

BY: Lisa Lederer      10/15/19

City leaders & education advocates light up billboards nationwide for the 20th Lights On Afterschool

Adapted from a recent press release. Big, bright news for the 20th Lights On Afterschool! In partnership with the Afterschool Alliance, the National League of Cities, and the National Summer Learning Association—a coalition of afterschool supporters—joined with Clear Channel Outdoor...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      10/14/19

We challenge you: Raise your arms for afterschool!

We're just two weeks away from the 20th Lights On Afterschool. Join us in celebrating afterschool and summer learning programs that make a huge difference in the lives of our kids with the 3rd annual Lightbulb Challenge! Every year, we challenge friends of afterschool across the country to...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      10/10/19