September 2017
FY18 21st Century Grant Competition Open

The Iowa Department of Education is now accepting applications for its FY18 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants. The intent of the 21CCLC funds is to enable communities to design and implement effective out-of-school programs that will result in improved student achievement, and be enhanced by and sustained through community partnerships beyond the term of the grant.

All types of organizations are eligible to apply, but must target schools with at least 40% Free and Reduced Price Lunch.

To help facilitate the submission of competitive grants, the Iowa Department of Education will host a series of technical assistance workshops across the state. There is no cost to attend these workshops.

Davenport - September 21, 2017; 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Modern Woodmen Park, 209 S. Gaines St., Davenport, IA 52802

West Des Moines - October 6, 2017; 10:00 am - Noon
West Des Moines Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Pkwy, West DM, IA 50265

Atlantic - October 13, 2017; 10:00 am - Noon
Iowa Western Community College Cass County Center, 705 Walnut St., Atlantic, IA 50022

For application materials, please visit the Iowa Department of Education 21CCLC website.
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, a consensus grant review process), 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 (a consensus grant review process) 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:
Federal Afterschool Policy Update
House of Representatives: "The House amendment by Reps. DeLauro (D-CT), Lowey (D-NY), Carson (D-IN), Cicilline (D-RI), and Kildee (D-MI) to increase 21st CCLC funding in the House appropriations bill to $1.1 billion will come up for a vote this week (Afterschool Alliance)." It is critical we contact our Congressmen to tell them about the importance of afterschool.
Congressman Young
(202) 225-5476
Congressman Blum
(202) 225-2911
Congressman Loebsack
(202) 225-6576
Congressman King

Senate: "The Senate Labor HHS Appropriations Subcommittee marked up their FY18 spending bill today and funded 21st CCLC at the FY17 level of $1.191B. For the second year in a row, the Senate appropriations subcommittee has produced a bipartisan bill (Afterschool Alliance)."

To keep up-to-date on policy happenings with the Afterschool Alliance, sign up to receive updates to their Afterschool Snack blog.
Active Learning STEM Workshops

The STEM Active Learning Community Partners Working Group of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council is hosting a series of professional development workshops for informal educators.

During these active, hands-on workshops attendees will have a chance to transform a STEM lesson with the Dimensions of Success Program Planning  Tool.  Register now !

At the end of the workshop, you'll leave with:
  • a high-quality STEM activity to use at your own program or organization
  • an understanding of the DoS Lesson Planning Guide that will lead you through the activity planning process using DoS
  • a free, online resource as additional professional development
  • increased confidence in facilitating STEM activities!
Participants will receive a $50.00 stipend for attending the workshop and submitting a revised STEM lesson plan after the workshop.

Thursday, October 12

Thursday, November 2
Cass County Community Center
805 W 10th St.
Atlantic, IA 50022

Stew Art Studio
926 Broad St.
Grinnell, IA 50112
Register for the workshop  here.

Register for the workshop  here.
Public Health Grants Available
The University of Iowa College of Public Health and the Business Leadership Network are excited to release the third Community Grant Project Request for Proposals (RFP). The College has an ongoing interest in collaborating with Iowa communities to meet the increasing needs for public health-related initiatives and projects.
Any nonprofit organization or local government entity within the state of Iowa is eligible to apply. For full details, download the RFP from the BLN website: .
If you or any potential applicants have questions, please direct them to Arlinda McKeen at SPPG, SPPG is providing the grant management services. 
At a glance, the following is contained in the RFP. 
Topic areas:  Include but are not limited to healthy lifestyles, population health, data accumulation, workplace safety/wellness, community needs assessment, children and youth issues, healthy aging, arts and health collaborations, and sustainability of multi-generational, livable communities.
Who is eligible: Nonprofit organizations and local government entities in the state of Iowa.
Funds available: Up to six cash grant awards of up to $3,000 each will be made to applicants in communities within the state. Grants require a minimum 1:1 cash or in-kind match.
Time frame:
Issue Date
September 6, 2017
Proposal Due Date 
October 24, 2017
Awards Announced 
December 5, 2017
Grant Project Timeframe
January 1 - December 31, 2018
Deliverables Due
March 31, 2019

These grants target public health projects or activities. Public health is defined as the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Public health helps improve the health and well-being of people in local communities and around the globe and works to prevent health problems before they occur.
October 26 is Lights On Afterschool Day!
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.

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.

Plan and register your event today! Visit the Afterschool Alliance LIghts On website for resources and more!
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.
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.

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 at 

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