March 2017

Preserving 21st Century Community Learning Centers

April 11th 10:00-11:00 PST

Join us to discuss what the proposed funding cut to 21CCLC means to afterschool professionals, and how we can come together to advocate for the importance of these programs and to preserve 21CCLC in Oregon.  This webinar has been RESCHEDULED from our previous March 28th date.

Integrating Summer, STEM, and ESSA

April 12th 10:00-11:00 PST

Join OregonASK and the National Summer Learning Association as we talk about utilizing summer STEM opportunities as a tool for ESSA implementation. And here the most up-to-date info on the policy implications from the state and national level.

ESSA and Afterschool

April 19th 10:30-11:30  PST

You will hear national policy updates from the Afterschool Alliance as we discuss the state and national opportunities to integrate informal STEM within ESSA implementation. We will be sharing updated policy information from the state and national level, including budget outlook. 

RFA closes April 7th

RFA closes April 10th

RFA closes April 20th

Spring is Here!
OregonASK Day at the Capitol

Join us for our annual Day at the Capitol, and tell your legislators why afterschool and summer learning matter to you! Your voice matters. 

State of the Afterschool & Summer Profession in Oregon Survey

In 2012, OregonASK completed a comprehensive survey of the afterschool and summer workforce in Oregon. The results offered useful information about the strengths, challenges, and needs of after school and summer professionals.

5 years later, we are excited to be launching an update to the survey. Like the survey in 2012, the results from this year's survey will provide us critical information about the out-of-school profession in Oregon, and will help us better advocate for and serve afterschool and summer programs across the state.

If you work for an afterschool or summer program, take the survey and you'll be entered into a raffle to win a free registration to the 2017 Oregon Afterschool Conference! Five raffle winners will be randomly selected to win free conference registrations.
Resource of the Month:
Oregon's Quality Standards for Afterschool and Summer Programs

The Quality Team of OregonASK serves afterschool programs by offering observation and assessment based on  Oregon's Quality Standards for Afterschool and Summer Programs.   Like the Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) for licensed child-care sites, using our Framework creates opportunities for continuous improvement and recognizes a job well done.

CLICK HERE to see what other program resources OregonASK has to offer, and to download our recently revised Oregon Quality Standards for Afterschool and Summer Programs!
Summer Meals Grants Available 

P artners for a Hunger-Free Oregon is excited to open the ninth season of the Summer Meals Support Fund. Since 2009, the grant program has provided start-up and expansion grants to communities throughout Oregon, partnering with over 115 unique  organizations. The $2,500  and $5,000 awards are 
available to new or growing summer meals sites and sponsors to support community-based programs in connecting more kids to summer nutrition and enrichment while school is out.

Applications are due on Friday, April 7th. For more information and to apply, please visit 
Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week
April 24 - 28

The National Afterschool Assocation's second annual Afterschool Professionals Appreciation week is April 24th-28th!  They've compiled some action items and ideas to get you started, check them out here. Please join us in making it another memorable event honoring the #heartofafterschool! Tell us your plans by tagging us on social media or send us an email.

Smiles Connect is an online platform available to afterschool programs in Oregon that allows programs to receive dental resources and preventive services onsite free-of-charge for their students. SmileConnectSM  works to connect children in need of dental resources with those available to help by utilizing local volunteer dental providers and distributing oral health kits donated by our partners. Programs can get connected with these resources at any time by visiting www.SmileConnect.organd creating a request. 

Contact Allison Bohlen, SmileConnectSM Program Lead, with any questions at or (734) 302-4618.
Family Science Nights

Check out these photos from our Family STEM Nights, held at six schools in collaboration with Portland Council PTAEach site received training, a $350 kit of materials, a guidebook, and coaching support. We hope to expand next school year to include additional schools. The six PTAs were Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Creston, Faubion, Hayhurst, Scott, and Vestal.We'll be reporting on our successes and challenges at the Oregon PTA Conference and Convention on April 21-22 in Wilsonville.  You can read more about the power of parents and their role in a child's STEM identity on the National PTA website.

Oregon Afterschool Conference 
November 4th, 2017

Interested in leading a session?  HERE is our application to present - join us in making this year's conference the best one yet!
Zero Robotics 2017
Ready to enter the world's first robotics competition in space this summer? This 5-week summer program cultivates student interest in STEM and offers students unprecedented access to the International Space Station. If you're interested, fill out  this form and we'll  contact you! 

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