August 2017
Impact 2018 Call for Presentations and Youth Performances
Save the date for the 2018 Impact After School Conference April 25-27, 2018 in Des Moines! We're excited to host more than 150 afterschool professionals from across the state at Iowa's premier professional development event in afterschool and summer programming. Mark your calendars for a great time over two days in Des Moines!

Until registration is released in January 2018, please consider submitting an idea for a presentation or youth performance. We draw from your expertise to make it a great event, so please share your ideas with us!

Submit a presentation here:
Submit a youth performance here:
Champions and 21CCLC Stars Awards Nominations
Each year the Iowa Afterschool Alliance recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations in afterschool and summer programming through our Champions Awards. Again this year, in addition to the Champions Awards, the Iowa Department of Education is recognizing outstanding 21st Century Community Learning Centers with the Stars Awards. Know of a great individual or organization making a difference outside of the school day? Submit your nomination today!

 Submit a nomination online here:
Policy Action Item: Focus on the US Senate
Recently, the United State House of Representatives voted to cut 21st Century Community Learning Centers by almost $200 million. The next step is for the US Senate to vote on a budget - but hopefully 21CCLC will be fully funded!

What you can do: call either Iowa Senator and let them know you support 21CCLC in Iowa. Let them know this funding source is critical for access in Iowa, since we have no other funding stream for these important programs. Below is contact information for each US Senator in Iowa.

Senator Joni Ernst:
(202) 224-3254
Online contact form

Senator Charles Grassley:
(202) 224-3744
Online contact form
October 26 is Lights On Afterschool Day!
Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.

The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things-such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do and poetry-and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.

Plan and register your event today! Visit the Afterschool Alliance LIghts On website for resources and more!
Follow IAA on Facebook for Latest Updates
Facebook Follow the Iowa Afterschool Alliance on Facebook at for the latest updates on the Every Student Succeeds Act (formerly No Child Left Behind), PD opportunities, IAA activities, and grant opportunities. Expect an update on an issue of interest every day! You can also follow us on Twitter by following @iowaafterschool.
SEDL Resources for Afterschool
Looking for resources on how to run a high-quality program? SEDL, an affiliate of the American Institutes for Research, has no-cost resources on lesson plans, practitioners' guides, and training toolkits. Visit the National Center for Quality Afterschool here:  
Professional Development Opportunities
Out of School Time Professional Development Center
The Out of School Time Professional Development Center provides Out of School Time training to OST professionals. The classes provide in-depth curriculum and certificates.  If you or your staff are interested in signing up for courses visit the  Out-of-School Time  website . Check out the entire course catalog here
Great Content on Y4Y!
You 4 Youth is a free  online professional development site that is designed to support 21CCLC program staff, but is a valuable tool for any afterschool professional looking to build their skills! Recently, Y4Y has rolled out a whole module on literacy. Click here to register.

Afterschool Alliance Webinars
The Afterschool Alliance offers webinars on a wide range of topics, from policy and the new Every Student Succeeds Act, to STEM and Social-Emotional Learning. Find out more on their webinars website.

Iowa Child Care Training Registry
Find professional development for school-age programming on the State of Iowa Child Care Training Registry on topics ranging from health and safety to developmentally appropriate programming. Find out more online

NAA Talk Tuesday PD Resources
Talk Tuesday provides afterschool professionals with the resources to host relevant discussions among peers, colleagues, staff, or community leaders. If you are looking to connect with afterschool professionals in your area or engage your staff with relevant topics, Talk Tuesday will provide the materials for you.

Find out more on their website here.
NSLA Summer Changes Everything Conference
October 23 - 25, 2017; Phoenix, AZ
This national conference on afterschool and summer learning brings together over 1,000 of the nation's top thinkers to share and discuss the partnerships, policies and programs that are breaking down traditional notions of when and where learning occurs.

For more information, visit the Summer Changes Everything website.

Beyond School Hours Conference
February 21-24, 2018; Orlando, FL
Join the nation's premiere convening of educators and leaders working with K-12 students in afterschool, summer and beyond.

Find out more online here: 

National Afterschool Association Convention
March 18-21, 2018; Atlanta, GA
Please join the NAA for the premier learning, networking and professional development event for the field of afterschool March 18-21, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia!

Find out more online at 

Best of Out-of-School Time (BOOST) Conference
May 1-4, 2018; Palm Springs, CA
Join the largest, most recognized and comprehensive global convening for after school, expanded learning, and out-of-school time professionals. Set in a retreat-like atmosphere, this annual, extraordinary event will rejuvenate your passion, boost your direction for quality programming and provide tools and resources that will inspire you to create change.

For more information visit