The Afterschool Advisor
June 2017
Your Advocacy is Critical Right Now!
The Iowa Afterschool Alliance spent time in Washington D.C. June 5th-8th advocating for afterschool as part of the Afterschool Alliance's Afterschool For All Challenge. IAA staff and program providers from Sioux City, Des Moines, and Dubuque attended a series of advocacy workshops and then met with Senator Ernst, Senator Grassley, and Representative Young to discuss the positive impacts of afterschool on students, families, and communities.
Advocacy is a critical piece to increasing kids' access to high-quality afterschool programs. We need you to tell your story to legislators about why afterschool is important. Check out the resources below to get started.
Grant and Proposal Writing Workshops
Child care center directors, owners, and board members! Join us for a hands-on day with First Children's Finance, learning new ways to reach out and touch your partners, stakeholders and funders through excellent grant applications and funding proposals.
This 6-hour workshop is designed for all levels, from beginners to those who would like to take a fresh look. Come with ideas of what your child care program needs and let First Children's Finance's experienced staff assist you in developing your ideas and proposal. Plan to leave this seminar equipped with ideas, tools and a great start to succeed in your next funding opportunity. 
About this Training
Credit Hours
Provides 6 hours of Iowa DHS training credit and NAC renewal hours.
Target Audience
Directors, owners or board members of child care centers or preschools.
Training Level
Level 1 (Beginner), Level 2 (Skilled) and Level 3 (Mastery)
Content Area
5- Strategies to manage an effective program operation.
$45 per person (lunch included). You will receive an email confirmation within one week of registering that will include payment information. Additional funding support is provided by Northwest Area Foundation and Iowa Department of Human Services.  

Cedar Falls- Register here
July 19, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Kaplan University, Room 101
7009 Nordic Drive, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Last day to register is Friday, July 14

Des Moines Metro- Register here
September 21, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Prairie Meadows Events and Conference Center, Altoona, IA
This session is being held as a Pre-Institute Workshop in conjunction with the Iowa Early Care and Education Fall Institute. Early bird registration rates are available until August!

Or Contact: Angie Rae Duncan, Senior Business Development Specialist or (515) 229-5064
This new guide includes valuable insights on the state of summer learning, Summer Learning Day Planning tips and tools to help elected officials and school district leaders make informed decisions to meet the needs of young people during the critical summer months.

Find the playbook on the National Summer Learning Association website here.
At-Risk Youth and Character Education Training
The Ray Center at Drake University is offering a discounted training on at-risk youth and character in Avoca and Des Moines in July. The sessions are upbeat and fun-filled interactive character education workshops for individuals and programs working with
at-risk youth (ages 10-18+)! Some of the topics covered include:
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Emotion Control
  • Drug & Alcohol intervention
  • Facilitation
  • Experiential Learning and "The Teachable Moment"
  • Coaching and Mentoring

For a flyer on the training, click here.  


To register online, visit the Ray Center website.  

New Report Highlights Need for and Impact of OST
The Iowa Afterschool Alliance has released a key, statewide report on afterschool and summer learning titled the State of Afterschool and Summer Programming in Iowa. Released officially on October 20, 2016, at the Summit on Advancing Academic and Social Outcomes for Iowa Children and Youth, the report details current youth and community issues in Iowa and how afterschool and summer programming can help mitigate some of these issues.

Also included in the report are program profiles from across the state and a report on what afterschool and summer programming currently looks like statewide. Read it online on the Iowa Afterschool Alliance website at
New Publication Series on Summer
The National Summer Learning Association has released its first issue in a series of publications on summer learning across the country called SPARK! The first issue explores the six key elements of successful systems for summer learning, including data management and leadership. Read the first issue online here.
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.

At-Risk Youth and Character Education
July 2017; Avoca and Des Moines, IA
This training presented by the Ray Center at Drake University will cover topics including emotional control, teachable moments, drug and alcohol prevention, and much more!

To register online, go to the Ray Center website.  
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