April 2018 Newsletter
21st CCLC Challenge

Congress voted on increasing the funding for 21st Century by $20 million for 2018! Take a moment to celebrate and thank your local legislators! Rejoice and continue to do great work, but don't stop! The 2019 budget is up on the chopping block!  Nearly 2 million kids may lose their Afterschool program and Summer programs.

To save 2019 Afterschool funding from elimination, we're going to need to keep up the fight for months to come. The July 4th recess is fast to approaching: your representative will be back home, so invite them to see first hand how after school and summer learning work in your district. Be sure to bookmark our   action center for ideas and resources to win this battle.

Key Dates:
  • April 19th: Afterschool for All Challenge! Join the effort right here in Oregon as advocates from around the country make the case on Capital Hill
  • July 12th: Summer Learning Day: How will you show your support summer learning programs?
  • October 25th: Lights on Afterschool: Join the rally for afterschool across the nation right here in Oregon!
Find additional resources here
Access and Equity Survey

OregonASK is launching our Equity and Access Survey this week! The 2-year survey project will collect comprehensive data related to out of school programs in Oregon,   examining barriers to access and issues of equity.  We'll use the data we collect to raise awareness with the legislature, key stakeholders, and the general public.

Key an eye out for our official announcement later this week. If you'd like more information about the survey, contact us at  survey@oregonask.org .
Thank You to All who joined our Legislative Round Table in Salem on March 6th!

Alth ough the state legislature ended their 2018 legislative session early, partners from ar ound Oregon joined us in Salem for an engaging discussion on supporting student success through expanded learning opportunities. Check out the rest of the story on our  website.

Leaping Into Science this Spring & Summer 

Oregon's Leap into Science Leadership Team members attended the National Training Institute for the first cohort of Leap into Science partners in March. Team members traveled to Philidelphia where they were trained in the early childhood, elementary and family based science and literacy content with teams from 5 other states. OregonASK will be coordinating with partners around Oregon to set up trainings for this spring and late summer.

The training will be a free, four hour training that provides content for several workshop units and one family event based on the theme of Balance. Programs who participate will be given a free kit of materials and expected to implement the curriculum before May 2019. If you are interested in attending a training this spring or summer, you may contact Bethany.Thramer@oregonask.org or check training information  online.

We look forward to providing this evidence-based curriculum and all-inclusive kits to out of school, community-based, and informal program partners throughout the state.
New Resource and Webinar on School-Age Data: What Data Can Tell Us About School-Age Child Care and the CCDF Program

The  National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) is excited to share a first-ever collection of national and state/territory data profiles with information about school-age children served through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program. The profiles present a detailed picture of how federal investments and state policies can support the needs of school-age children, who represent nearly half of all children served through CCDF program subsidies.
The profiles are available through a  new interactive database  with links to additional national and state resources related to school-age child care, and they include:        
  • Statistics on the school-age population (5 through 12 years) served through CCDF subsidies CCDF state/territory policies related to school-age child. 
  • Contact information for national and state/territory organizations that support school-age programs. 
If you have any questions about the profiles or database, please contact the NCASE team at ncase@ecetta.info  to learn more.   NCASE thanks the National Center on Child Care Data and Reporting for contributing to this work.
National Webinars & Resources

New Research on Easy, Affordable SEL Practices - Find more information about recent findings on social-emotional learning practices.  Learn More Here!

Afterschool and Workforce: Bridging Systems to Serve Older Youth 
Brief that helps create common language and understanding around the role that expanded learning opportunities play in helping prepare youth with workforce skills.  Read more here!

New Guide Offers Advice to Districts on Marketing Summer  Programs to Parents and Students. Click Here to check out the new website and written guide for tools and advice for recruitment ideas!
Online Professional Development Opportunity 

The Center for Global Education at Asia Society, in partnership with Arizona State University, launched a new  online professional development program  on educating for global competence. 

The courses are affordable, self-paced, accessible on demand, and each can be completed in about one hour. Each course includes practical applications, best practices, and resources for out-of-school time (OST) practitioners. And the first course is free! 
Read more about the courses and  guidance  for course sequence for OST practitioners on the Center for Global Education's website.
Saturday Academy

Celebrating 35 years of STEM education! We offer classes and camps to students entering grades 2-12 throughout the Portland Metro Area. Our focus is on science, technology, engineering, math, humanities, the arts and college preparation.

We're not just on Saturdays! Follow your curiosity with us.

Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Brilliant. 

OregonASK helped lead the charge at the National Afterschool Conference this year. Read more about what happened here !


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