June 2021
Community Needs Assessment
The Iowa Afterschool Alliance has created a Community Needs Assessment to gauge the current status of afterschool across the state of Iowa. The results of this survey will help the IAA to:

  • Determine what before school, after school, summer, and other programming is available to Iowa's youth
  • Create a statewide map and directory of available programming
  • Understand how to grow our current services and add new services for the benefit of the network

We need all the help we can get. Please fill out this survey and let us know more about your program or programs in your area. This survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Programs who participate in the survey will have the option to be listed in our statewide directory at no charge- which helps us to direct families to your programs.
2020 DHS Market Rate Survey
The Department of Human Services (DHS) has released the 2020 Market Rate Survey (MRS) Report. This report includes the results of the 2020 MRS as well as a Narrow Cost Analysis (NCA). The NCA was done in partnership with researchers at Iowa State University and collected information from child care providers about the costs that they incur to provide child care services. You can find the full report on the DHS website here.
NASA's Mission to Mars
Student Challenge
This summer NASA has been offering a series of trainings for afterschool/summer learning leaders on our Mission to Mars Student Challenge activities, as featured on the You for Youth website. Now that camps are getting underway, there has been a series of opportunities for kids to interact with NASA scientists and engineers who work directly on Mars missions.
Grant Opportunities from Youth Service America
Afterschool Grants: With generous support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, YSA will award up to $500 each to support youth-led service or service-learning in afterschool programs. Apply by July 30!

Fall Semester of Service Grants: YSA will award up to $5,000 for K-12 public, private, or charter schools (especially Title I schools) or to afterschool programs. Apply by July 9!
Additionally, YSA will be hosting a webinar on June 8 at 3pm ET on Getting Started with Service or Service-Learning in Afterschool Programs: Tools & GrantsRegister here.
Looking for info on Summer Nutrition?
Text FOOD to 877877 for the Iowa Nutrition Network
Summer Supports from the Connecticut Afterschool Network
This year more than ever, professional development for summer staff will need to be broad, yet comprehensive. On June 1, the SAN Summer Re-Boot Camp launched and has offered 6 sessions per week over the past four weeks to afterschool programs and organizations. Although the weekly sessions have concluded, you can access the trainings and content from the Re-Boot Camp here until August 1, 2021.

This project would not have been possible without the work of ACT Now! (Illinois Network), Utah Afterschool Network, Missouri Afterschool Network, Maine Afterschool Network, and Oregon ASK (Oregon Network), the amazing team at the Connecticut After School Network. Please email Ken at kanthony@ctafterschoolnetwork.org with any questions.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
This opinion editorial from Kate Walker in Education Week does a great job of outlining how to effectively approach teaching equity with the youth in your program. This article provides you with guiding principles, a plan for a community design team and recommendations for implementation in youth programs. Please click the article title below to read more.

Summer Baseball Starts in July!
Can Play will return to Waukee, IA for baseball this summer, with games running from July to August. You can register youth for free here. Registration is open to all boys and girls in 1st through 5th grade. Games are every Tuesday and Thursday night, July 8 to August 19, from 5:30-7:00pm at Winfield Park.
Professional Development Opportunities
2022 Foundations Beyond School Hours Conference
Beyond School Hours will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year! The 2022 conference will run from February 23-26 in Orlando, Florida. Participants can expect:

  • Hands-on workshops and pre-conferences led by national experts
  • Motivating keynote presentations and interactive discussions
  • Powerful networking opportunities and celebrations
  • Fascinating educational excursions
  • Premium exhibits unveiling the latest products and solutions

Registration is now open, and you can register here.
2021 National Family Engagement Summit
The 2021 National Family Engagement Summit will occur October 13-15 in Norfolk and will be hosted by Successful Innovations, Inc. in partnership with the National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement. There are options to attend in-personal or virtually. You can read more about this summit and register to attend here.
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.