November 2017
Iowa Afterschool Alliance Mini-Grants Available
The Iowa Afterschool Alliance has two new mini-grant opportunities to share with you!

Graphic Design Mini-Grant: Apply to retain a graphic designer to develop much-needed communication materials from a program logo to a newsletter template. Pick from a menu of projects for up to 10 hours of design time.

For more information on this grant opportunity, check out this flyer. Apply online by December 1, 2018.

Professional Development Mini-Grant: Apply to bring in the Iowa Afterschool Alliance to train your staff and/or partners on a number of topics ranging from STEM to sustainability planning. Pick from a menu of topics for one training with options for online or in-person training.

For more information on this grant opportunities, check out this flyer. Apply online by December 1, 2018.
IAA Accepting Applications for Ambassadors
Apply to become an Afterschool Ambassador and participate in an 8 month advocacy training program. The Iowa Afterschool Alliance will provide individualized coaching on a variety of advocacy topics and help you become a better advocate for your program and kids. We will work with you to develop meaningful advocacy actions that will build your skills and confidence in doing advocacy and have a positive impact on afterschool in Iowa.

What you'll receive:
One-on-one advocacy coaching from the IAA
Exclusive resources designed just for you
Real skill-building in grassroots advocacy
Leadership opportunities within the afterschool field
Mileage reimbursement for all activities
What you'll do as an ambassador:
Participate in monthly advocacy webinars
Join bi-weekly calls with IAA for additional coaching
Complete 4 advocacy activities each month
Attend in-person meetings in December, February, and July (mileage reimbursed)

For more information, check out this flyer on the program. Apply online by December 1. Programs may apply for both the mini-grants and the Ambassadors program.
Keynote Announced for Impact 2018!
We're excited to announce the keynote for the Impact 2018 Conference will be Amy Speidel, a master instructor for Conscious Discipline.

Amy has worked with children for over 25 years, beginning her career as an educator and later becoming a preschool director. Amy specializes in educating and equipping parents and specializes in families of all makeups, including foster care and adoption. She is a Conscious Discipline Master Instructor and a Certified Parent Coach within a Pediatric Practice, and is among Conscious Discipline's most requested National Trainers. She is a dynamic keynote presenter and workshop facilitator.

For more information on Amy and Conscious Discipline, please visit

Registration is not yet open for Impact 2018. Please check for updates as they come available! 
Have you Heard of Conscious Discipline?
Have you heard of Conscious Discipline? Well, you should. Conscious Discipline is a leader in classroom management and provides a transformational, whole-program solution for social-emotional learning, discipline and self-regulation. And it's been a big hit for several afterschool and summer programs that have implemented it.

Expect several sessions and a keynote at the Impact After School Conference in April 2018 on Conscious Discipline principles and practices. Programs that have implemented the framework and its techniques have noticed far fewer removals for behavior from the their programs due to its impact.

If you haven't heard of Conscious Discipline, you should find out more online on their website at

For a guide for how one program trained staff on the principles and practices of Conscious Discipline, check out this document.
Kum & Go Grants Due December 1
Do you live in the city or vicinity of Ames, Sioux City, Iowa City, or Cedar Rapids? Kum & Go is looking for grant applications specifically from your communities to fund afterschool and youth mentoring programming. Kum & Go states that "[we] believe all children deserve a safe home environment and high-quality education. We support programs that help identify the needs of students and provide ongoing educational programs, strategies and resources to address issues affecting the youth in our communities."

Grants on this cycle are due December 1, 2017.

To find out more about this funding opportunity, visit Kum & Go's philanthropy page
Afterschool Programs Recommended
In a major boon to afterschool and summer programs, the recent release of the Iowa Future Ready Iowa Alliance recommendations calls for an expansion of afterschool and summer programming.

The Future Ready Iowa recommendations, released for public comment on October 17, 2017, include calls for more investment in helping Iowans complete two-year degrees or certificate programs. It also calls for investment in early strategies that prepare young people for a changing world. That is where afterschool and summer programming are seen as solutions.

Read the full recommendations for public comment online here.
Seeking 21st Century Reviewers and Facilitators
The Iowa Department of Education is seeking applications for their peer review process for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers FY18 grant application competition. This process ensures that quality proposals are selected for funding. Peer review process teams will include q ualified individuals with diverse expertise and geographic, racial and ethnic representation. The best reviewers will be individuals who are familiar with high-quality youth programs in communities, schools, and faith-based or other organizations that serve youth.
Applications are due by  Noon on November 10, 2017 via e-mail to   
Peer Reviewers and Team Facilitators must be available to participate in an online webinar training on December 7, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and attend the peer review conference on January 25, 2018.   
Peer Reviewers score and comment on all scoring criteria for each application assigned. Typically each reviewer is responsible to score three to five grant applications.  Reviewers will receive a $250 stipend, contingent upon their in-person attendance at the Reviewers and Facilitators Conference on January 25, 2017. 
Team Facilitators do not score grant applications, but familiarize themselves with the materials in order to facilitate the consensus scoring process for the team they are assigned to lead. F acilitators will receive a $300 stipend, contingent upon their in-person attendance at the Reviewers and Facilitators Conference on January 25, 2017.

Both reviewers and facilitators are also eligible for mileage and hotel reimbursement, depending on location.  
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:
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.
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.

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 on their website.   
Impact After School Conference
April 25 - 27, 2018; Des Moines, IA
Join 200 of your friends and colleagues to gather together to learn, network, and have fun! This is the premier state conference for afterschool and summer programs in Iowa.  
For more information, regularly check the Iowa Afterschool Alliance website for updates!  
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