December 2019
Share Your Best Practices at Impact 2020!
Impact After School Conference logo
Impact 2020 will be better than ever! Join 200 of your peers from across the state at this premier learning and networking event in Des Moines. Have a best practice to share? Please consider presenting at next year's conference. 

Impact 2020 is confirmed for April 1-3, 2020. 

To submit a presentation proposal,  follow this link . Proposals must be submitted online. To review the questions before submitting,  see this document

For more information on Impact 2020, contact Crystal Hall at
New Iowa Afterschool Alliance Website

Last week, the Iowa Afterschool Alliance launched its new and improved website. The updated site includes an overview of our activities and a comprehensive collection of resources and training opportunities for programs. Make sure to bookmark this page, as we are constantly adding new materials.

Check it out today:

Coaches Corner

Try these resources for quick activities to fill any extra time you have in your programming:

  1. 1. On the Spot Fun Guide - From Glue Sticks and Management Tricks,a useful guide for quick group activities to help fill those remaining minutes of programming (or to save the day when activities don’t go as planned). Activities are engaging and simple to implement on a moment's notice. This guide breaks down activities into four categories: Energizers, Quiet Games, Educational, Get to Know You. Print it off and practice the activities with your team at regular staff meetings. Better yet, laminate a copy for staff to keep on their clipboard and highlight a new activity for them to try each week.

  1. 2. STEM Task Cards - Hands-on manipulatives, such as Legos, PlusPlus Blocks, or Wikki Stix are a great way to fill a few minutes of programming. Bonus: these are all easily accessible, quick to implement, and provide ENDLESS possibilities with how to engage your students. Check out these PlusPlus Task Cards we put together to help get you started. The beauty of task cards is that they are often generic enough to be used across multiple settings or for various materials. Challenge your students to complete the same task card using different manipulatives and see how they compare. 

Coaches Corner is a monthly spotlight of Out-of-School Time best practices. These resources are compiled by the Central Iowa Enrichment Coaches: Hannah Morz, Mallory Riesberg, and Theresa Slaughter. Learn more about the Central Iowa Out-of-School Time Initiative here: .

Afterschool Snack
Afterschool Snack at the Capitol
Advocates save the date and register! The IAA Afterschool Snack at the Iowa State Capitol is scheduled for Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This is your chance to speak with our legislators regarding the importance of afterschool programs to our communities. Please join us and bring youth! The IAA can assist with covering transportation costs if that is a barrier to bringing students from your program.

If you have questions, please contact Britney Samuelson at
Grant Opportunities

After & Summer School Grant Opportunity
The New York Life Foundation is seeking applicants for its  Aim High  local grant program to support afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving middle schoolers. A total of 26 grant awards will be made nationwide. There are three grant categories:

  • $100,000 - 8 grants of $50,000 per year over the span of two years will go to OST programs with annual program budgets of $250,000 or more and annual organizational budgets of $500,000 or more. 
  • $50,000 - 8 grants of $25,000 per year over the span of two years will go to OST programs with annual organizational budgets of $250,000 or more.
  • $15,000 - 10 awards of $15,000 over one year will go to OST programs with annual organizational budgets of $150,000 or more with a focus on addressing opioid and other substance misuse in their community.

Click here to read the full application and eligibility requirements. Applications are due January 24, 2020.

MicroGrant Program for Educators & Teachers - Technology
Educators of America are driven to not only supply teachers and educators with the classroom technology they need but also train them to use it in the most effective ways possible. If you are a teacher that is in need of an effective technological tool that will assist in bettering student achievement, not only in your classroom but throughout your entire institution, take the time to fill out the grant application. Classroom technology grant applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis and responses are given accordingly (January, April, July, October).

Click here to apply through this simple application. Awards range from $250-$5,000.
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 .
National AfterSchool Association PD Resources
NAA provides afterschool professionals with resources to stay up-to-date on the latest topics in afterschool and summer learning.

Find out more on their website  here
Resources for STEM Programming
The Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) provides background information that is useful for the development of STEM programming. Find out more on their  website .
The Afterschool Tech Toolkit aims to empower afterschool professionals and educators with strategies and training so they can provide students with access to technology outside of classroom hours. It includes training modules on getting started, training staff, accessing technology and devices, and more. Take a look at the toolkit  here .  
Beyond School Hours Conference
February 26-29, 2020; Orlando, FL
The nation's premiere conference for educators and leaders serving K-12 students in school, afterschool, summertime and beyond.
For more information, please  visit the conference's website .
National AfterSchool Association Convention
March 15-18, 2020; Washington, DC
Please join the 2,300 members of our community at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center for four days of networking, learning and inspiration: special events, workshops, daily keynotes and an interactive Learning Expo all designed to meet the needs of the developing professionals and emerging and current leaders of afterschool. Come to NAA convention and leave saying, "I've found my people!" 
For more information about the convention,  visit the event's website .
BOOST Conference
April 28 - May 1, 2020; Palms 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 and to register,  visit the conference's website .
Impact After School Conference
April 1-3, 2020; Des Moines, Iowa
Join 200 of your peers for this great learning experience! More information coming soon.
For updates, please  visit the Impact website