On Monday, October 22, the NC Center for Afterschool Programs will host Lights On Afterschool NC. This statewide Lights On Afterschool event will be hosted at the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, NC. The event will be an opportunity for program providers, elected officials, educators, and community members to engage in meaningful dialogue pertaining to the 2018 Roadmap of Need and the current accessibility of out-of-school time programs, as identified by the recently launched mapping database. Lights On Afterschool NC will also spotlight a panel of experts who will share insight into the value of out-of-school time programs for NC youth and the accessibility of high-quality programs for youth statewide. Playworks North Carolina will engage attendees in enrichment activities during the event. As an organization, they aim to help kids stay active and build valuable social and emotional skills through play. At the end of the event, interested attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in an optional tour of Marbles Kids Museum.

The agenda for the Lights On Afterschool NC event will be as follows: 
10:45 am: Check-In/Registration 
11:00 am: Welcome 
11:10 am: Roadmap of Need Overview
11:20 am: Out-of-School Time Mapping Database Overview 
11:40 am: Lunch
11:55 am: Panel 
12:25 pm: Enrichment Activities by Playworks North Carolina
12:55 pm: Closing 
1:00 pm: Optional Tour of Marbles Kids Museum

201 E. Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Lunch will be provided at the event and attendees can register free of charge. Space is limited so secure your spot by registering today. The deadline to register for the Lights On Afterschool NC event is Wednesday, October 17. 
***Please register only if you are sure that you will be able to attend.

Are you a  program provider in North Carolina ?
Does your program serve youth  before school afterschool , on  weekends , during  school breaks or during the  summer
Does your program serve children in  kindergarten through 12th grade ?
If you answered YES to these questions, we want your program in our statewide Mapping Database of Out-of-School Time Programs....
Register your program in our recently launched mapping database. This database helps families, schools, communities and elected officials locate programs for their youth.  It also aids in identifying community assets and gaps in out-of-school time programming.   Registering your program in the statewide database is easy and takes less than two minutes. 
Register your program today! 
This summer both the House and the Senate overwhelmingly passed their own separate packages of legislation crafted to fight the opioid crisis, the Senate doing so 99-1 and House 396-14. After months of hard work and negotiations, the Senate and House have agreed on compromise package legislation reflecting the separate approaches. The House is expected to vote on HR 6, the compromise opioid crisis legislation, on Friday, Sept. 28, and the Senate is expected to do the same in October, before sending the bill to President Donald Trump's desk for his signature. The legislation was  released on Sept. 25 (a  summary of H.R. 6 was also released) and recognizes a  role for youth-serving organizations such as afterschool and summer learning providers in youth opioid prevention as well trauma-informed care provisions.

The bipartisan opioid legislation agreement preserves the Senate version's strong child welfare and trauma-informed care provisions, including $50 million for new trauma-informed care and mental health integration grants for schools. A special thank-you is owed to Sens. Murray and Alexander who supported these provisions and the afterschool professionals who weighed in on the value of afterschool in addressing the opioid epidemic at a  Senate Afterschool Caucus briefing this past summer. Areas of particular interest to the afterschool community include:
  • Section 7102. Youth prevention and recovery. This provision requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, to disseminate best practices and issue grants for prevention of and recovery from substance use disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults.
  • Section 7131. CDC surveillance and data collection for child, youth, and adult trauma. This provision authorizes CDC to support state efforts to collect and report data on adverse childhood experiences through existing public health surveys.
  • Section 7132. Task force to develop best practices for trauma-informed identification, referral, and support. This provision creates an interagency task force to make recommendations regarding best practices to identify, prevent, and mitigate the effects of trauma on infants, children, youth, and their families, and to better coordinate the federal response to families impacted by substance use disorders and other formers of trauma. It requires the task force to develop a set of best practices regarding prevention strategies, identification of trauma, community-based practices, and state and-local-level partnerships to support children and their families, as well as specifically including youth-serving organizations like afterschool programs as key stakeholders. This provision calls for a national strategy on how federal agencies can implement a coordinated response, including by coordinating existing federal authorities and grant programs where trauma-informed practices are allowable. The task force is required to submit a final report of findings and recommendations to Congress, relevant cabinet secretaries, governors, and the general public not less than three years after its first meeting.
  • Section 7133. National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. This provision increases the authorization level for the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. Funding will provide technical assistance, direct services to communities, and will support evaluations and dissemination of best practices in trauma-informed care for children and families.
  • Section 7134. Grants to improve trauma support services and mental health care for children and youth in educational settings. This provision authorizes the Secretary of Education, in coordination with the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, to make grants to link educational agencies with mental health systems in order to increase student access to evidence-based trauma support services to help prevent and mitigate trauma that children and youth experience. It requires the Secretary of Education to conduct a rigorous, independent analysis and disseminate findings from the grants.
  • Section 7135. Recognizing early childhood trauma related to substance abuse. This provision requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to disseminate information, resources, and if requested, technical assistance to early childhood care and education providers and professionals working with young children on ways to recognize and respond appropriately to early childhood trauma, including trauma related to substance use.
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SAVE THE DATE for the 2018 SummerPalooza! Summits 

The SummerPalooza! Summits are day-long celebrations and planning events where sponsors, sites, and community partners can learn about creative and successful strategies to increase participation in and expand awareness of NC Summer Nutrition Programs.   This year's theme "Strength in Numbers" represents a focus on collaboration between diverse partners to create more sustainable and successful summer programs. All private nonprofits, public organizations and advocates interested in eliminating summer hunger for children are invited to participate in the  5th annual SummerPalooza! Summits!

There will be four regional SummerPalooza! Summits across the state this fall.  Pre-registration is required, and space is limited, so register now!   There is no conference fee and lunch will be provided. Additional details will be provided with the registration confirmation email.  

HICKORY [Tuesday, October 30 at the Hickory Metro Convention Center]
RALEIGH [Thursday, November 1 at the McKimmon Center]
GREENVILLE [Wednesday, November 14 at the Eastern Area Health Education Center]
RALEIGH [Friday, November 16 at the JC Roulston Arboretum]

The regular program will be  9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. 
Prospective sponsors and partners, join us for an "Intro to Summer" session at  8:30 AM!
  To learn more about SummerPalooza! Summits or to register, click  here
The 19th annual Lights On Afterschool is three weeks away. On October 25, 2018, America will light up for the nation's biggest event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities.    Lights On Afterschool is an excellent opportunity to show policymakers and elected officials, as well as parents and community members, what takes place in your program when the lights are on - and conversely what learning opportunities students miss out on in communities where the lights are off afterschool.  Here are a few ways to get the word out in support of afterschool programs at your Lights On Afterschool event:
  • Invite local, state, and federal elected officials to your Lights On Afterschool event to meet students and parents, or to speak about their role in policymaking. Use this sample invitation to reach out to your representatives.
  • Engage students in civic education by role playing and acting out meetings with elected officials and explain the role of advocacy in policy decision-making. 
  • Create a fact sheet on your program that explains where your funding comes from and points parents to more information about how they can support afterschool at the local, state, and federal levels. (For inspiration or to share them at your event, check out these fact sheets on 21st Century Community Learning CentersSTEM in afterschool, Afterschool in North Carolina or about the many ways afterschool works!)
  • Have petitions or postcards out and available  for parents and community members to make their voices heard in support of afterschool programs. You can also have tablets or laptops set up to allow online action alerts for parents wanting to send an email or tweet to elected officials.
  • Use Facebook live or other social media tools to stream the event so policymakers and the public and see the amazing activities that happen afterschool. Be sure to tag your representatives - you can look up their handles here
Sometimes reaching out to elected officials can be intimating, but if you don't promote the good work you are doing and share your success, it is unlikely others will do it for you. Don't forget to check out the templates, tools and resources    that have been developed to make the process a little easier - and always feel free to reach out to us if we can help!     Let's make the 2018 Lights On Afterschool the best!
As part of their commitment to high-quality programs, MeckEd offers professional development opportunities to their partners. Their 2018-2019 professional development offers opportunities for program assessment, feedback, and coaching.  The sessions will be held from 9:30 am - 11:30 am at Grier  Heights Community Center in Charlotte, NC on:

October 10, 2018
GOT PARENTS: Engaging CareTakers Beyond The Carpool

October 31, 2018
MORE THAN PIZZA TOPPINGS: Authentically Engaging in Youth Adult Partnerships

December 5, 2018
PLAYING WITH FIRE: Conflict, Communication, and Your True Colors of Leadership 

January 9, 2019
BEYOND ICEBREAKERS: Facilitating Group and Team Challenges that Work

February 6, 2019
BEYOND RACE: Teaching Social Justice in 2019

March 6, 2019
ROCKSTARS WANTED: Building & Engaging a Dynamic Volunteer Base 

April 3, 2019
PLAYING IN THE SANDBOX: Collaboration For Success

For additional details or to register to attend their professional development series, click here.
NC CAP wants to highlight your program!

The North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs would like to highlight program successes statewide. Tell us about your program and you might be our Program Spotlight in the next edition of the Afterschool Observer or on Social Media. Click the Program Spotlight below to be redirected to the updated survey link to tell us about your program. 

The Dudley T. Doughtery Foundation supports programs in arts, community, education, environment, healthcare and peace. Recent awards include music lessons for people with disabilities, childrens theater, learning center, writing education, afterschool and summer activities, literacy programs, arts education, and services for at-risk children and youth. 

In 2010, America's Promise, along with its campaign co-conveners, set the national goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020 and created the GradNation campaign to mobilize efforts towards the goal. With a national graduation rate of 83.2 percent in 2015, progress has been made and a continued urgent commitment is necessary to accelerate progress towards 90 percent. The GradNation Acceleration Grant is intended to support existing state- and community-level efforts that are poised to support even more young people. With generous support from AT&T, America's Promise will invest in two states and three communities to support more young people toward the critical milestone of high school graduation. 

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation awards grants to organizations for whom a small amount of money can make a big difference. The Foundation welcomes requests from museums, cultural and performing arts programs; schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, programs for youth, seniors and the handicapped; environmental and wildlife protection  activities  and other community-based organizations and their programs. 

The Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program provides financial support  to communities in one or more strategic areas of giving including (1) Education with a focus on STEM, (2) Environment Sustainability, (3) Community Safety and Vitality. 

Through the  Love Learning  campaign, Lands' End is leveraging NSLA's vast network of experiential summer programs to shine a spotlight specifically on quality programs that bring learning to life in informal learning spaces and support families in meaningful ways. Particular focus will be given to summer programs that focus on environmental stewardship, STEM/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, math, arts) as candidates for  the First Annual Lands' End Love Learning Award. 

The Walmart Community Grant is for community development projects. Primary consideration for the grant program is to support local organizations with programs that align with Walmart and the Foundation's areas of giving which include (1) hunger relief and healthy eating, (2) health and human services, (3) quality of life, (4) education, (5) community and economic development, (6) diversity and inclusion, (7) public safety and (8) environmental sustainability. 
To influence policy and serve as a catalyst, convener, and clearinghouse for afterschool programs through advocacy, professional development, and quality improvement. 

High quality afterschool programs accessible to all North Carolina children and youth helping them to succeed in and out of school. 
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