August 11, 2021
This is a biweekly newsletter featuring program spotlights, resources, grants & professional development opportunities for the afterschool industry in Florida. Together, we are working to provide every child in Florida with high-quality afterschool opportunities that are accessible, affordable, accountable & inclusive.
Did you miss the Public Policy Forum? Find out what you missed with the recap below.
  • Attendees represented the entire educational spectrum starting in preschool through high school and beyond.

  • A member of the Legislature asked us for help on how they can best partner to advance the Afterschool agenda and we need to respond.
  • We heard from local programs on their successes AND their pain points. We also discovered that there is more that unites us than divides us and we will only achieve the outcomes we want when we break down the silos that divide us.

  • We heard from one of the most knowledgeable Afterschool consultants about how other states address the sustainable funding issue with five "building blocks."

  • We used technology to engage the audience with key questions on how to prioritize our shared agenda. Not surprisingly "increasing access" was first with "sustainable funding" and "supporting quality" a close second.

  • We were inspired by a young Miami-Dade woman who’s dream is to be the first, female, Cuban-American President of the United States. We are all now watching for 2040!

Now it’s time to get to work. We have plans to continue bringing everyone together, break down silos, braid and blend funding and take the leap of faith to build this Network into what it truly can be. Thank you for being part of our future and for letting The Florida Afterschool Network be a part of yours! We can't wait to continue to Educate, Innovate and Collaborate with you all.
We have so many partners around the state that are doing spectacular things to accelerate learning. We welcome local programs every month to share their impact. If you have an idea for an afterschool spotlight or would like to be featured, email Holly to help share your story!
Start Making Plans NOW to Celebrate the 22nd annual Lights On Afterschool Oct. 28, 2021!
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. Our national partners, 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.

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YES! - Youth Entrepreneurship Seminar
The Florida Afterschool Network welcomed youth entrepreneur experts, Scott Mann, Venture Lab Director of Education, and Chic Thompson, internationally renowned speaker and author on creativity. This free event explored how adding youth entrepreneurship (YE) education to your classroom or afterschool program will help build important 21st century and workforce skills in our youth and better prepare them for college and career success. Sign up below to learn more about upcoming learning and networking opportunities.
Getting Ready for Back to School? Don't Forget About...

T minus less than a month until many of our children return to in-person school for the first time in a very long time. You're probably already busy readying them for this momentous occasion. But how much thought have you given to after-school...

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No Kid Hungry grants feeds kids through child care centers

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. - A $60,000 grant from no kid hungry to the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando counties will help ensure that over 2,500 kids have at least three meals a day for the remainder of the summer. On Tuesday afternoon, ...

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Ag Grants expand access to nutrition education AND food.

Kids in Tampa will soon grow produce in a local garden, to distribute to their communities. Others will learn how to make healthy snacks at their local YMCA. Miami-Dade kids could soon serve as "community ambassadors" and lead workshops promoting ...

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Parents, Civic Entrepreneurs Rebuild K-12 Schooling from ...

"Never in my lifetime have so many parents been so eager for so much education change." So said longtime pollster Frank Luntz after surveying 1,000 public and private school parents on how the pandemic affected their view of schools. COVID-19...

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Take Action: Kids Can't Take a Recess from Hunger

Every summer, Congress goes on a recess in August, using the time as a break from legislative work and to meet with constituents in their home states. But 13 million kids who may face hunger this year can't take a recess from their hunger and...

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YMCA Offers Free 'Safety Around Water' Lessons

TAMPA BAY, FL - Tampa Bay area children can once again receive free water safety and swim lessons at their local Y this August. The Y's Safety Around Water program is offered next month at 12 Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA's and one YMCA of the...

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6 questions to ask when choosing an after-school program

While kids are usually enjoying themselves around this time of year, reveling in the distractions of summer, this year is different. Or hadn't you noticed? Back to school has never been bigger. Chances are that children will be anxiously awaiting ...

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Meet Mizzen by Mott | Florida

Mizzen by Mott is a new app built with and for afterschool professionals to provide high-quality, engaging learning content and tools to the field. To meet the needs of this moment, the Mizzen team has added new activity playlists and multi-week...

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Is It Time To Abolish Unpaid Internships? | Above the...

Unpaid internships basically ask students or recent grads to work for free. And that's a touchy subject for a lot of people. For some, taking an unpaid internship is a temporary sacrifice to land a paying job.

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Inspire your students with thousands of FREE teaching resources including videos, lesson plans, and games aligned to state and national standards. Florida teachers can sort by subject or grade level.
Carlos Santini to join Mott Foundation

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Carlos Santini as CEO of Mizzen by Mott. Santini will join the Foundation in early August to help lead, guide and grow Mizzen as a key resource in elevating the quality of...

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FRPA's Annual Conference
FRPA's Annual Conference is a yearly gathering of park and recreation professionals from throughout the state of Florida. The Conference features workshops and sessions curated to build the park and recreation professional's skill set. Find out more about the Speakers, How to sign up, Exhibit Hall and more on their website.

I'm going to Beyond School Hours 2022!

Join me at #BeyondSchoolHours to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the nation's most popular education conference!

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Stories That Shape Us: Vanessa Sinclair

NAA's "Stories That Shape Us" series shines a spotlight on the authentic stories and varying career paths of the afterschool profession. Told from the perspectives of NAA members themselves, each story is unique and highlights the differences but ...

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Building Back Stronger: Using SEL Resources to Enrich...

Sponsored by: As OST providers plan for the new school year, many are looking to social-emotional learning (SEL) to respond to the needs of children, staff and the communities they serve.

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Webinars - ASCD

Watch effective, research-based practices in action. Listen to advice from skilled practitioners. Accelerate your learning journey on your time and your path. Social Emotional Learning ASCD empowers educators to achieve excellence in learning,...

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Create an Inclusive Environment

Check out a quick tip from the directors of OEL on how to creat an inclusive enviroment.

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Curious about Curiosity Camp? IF/THEN® Collection...

GoldieBlox is educating and empowering girls by creating engaging content, fun toys, and interesting resources. In this webinar, you'll learn more about the IF/THEN® Collection, Curiosity Camp, and the newly released Camp GoldieBlox resources....

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STEMNext Role Models Training™ Registration

Please complete the registration form below to gain access to the Role Models Matter training developed by Techbridge Girls.

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DCF Online Course: Supporting Literacy in School-Age
The Department of Children and Families Office of Child Care Regulation is offering a new online course, Supporting Literacy in School-Age Programs. The goal of this course is to prepare out-of-school time (OST) practitioners to foster the development of reading and writing in school-age children, and to identify and address risk factors for delays in literacy in order to mitigate or prevent future illiteracy. Upon completion of this course, child care professionals will be able to:

  • Describe the developmental process related to literacy and the implications on school-age children
  • Explain how the development of literacy can be supported in various components of school-age programs
  • Name the characteristics of effective literacy initiatives in school-age programs
  • Relate best practices in implementing literacy curricula throughout the components of school-age programs
  • Identify risk factors that may cause delays in the development of literacy

Additionally, 0.5 CEUs may be earned for completing this five-hour course. To access the course, go to: and select "Training Registry & Login."

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