Indiana Statewide Newsletter
March 2, 2021
News & Policy
Request for Proposals for Content Development
The Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN) is excited to announce the opening of Request for Proposals (RFPs) to create high-quality and engaging content to support afterschool and out-of-school time programs. The content to be developed includes professional development modules for the Indiana Academy for Out of School Learning, lesson plans for My Afterschool Locker, and a series of experiential webinars.

IAN is committed to diversity equity and inclusion (DEI). Just as DEI enriches our communities and workplaces, it also enriches the content developed for IAN and the work we do on behalf of the afterschool and out-of-school time programs. IAN highly encourages Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+ and gender non-conforming individuals, people with disabilities, and people with other marginalized identities to apply.

The complete list of RFPs can be found at the link below. The deadline for all RFP submissions is 5:00 PM EST on Friday, March 26, 2021. Please contact Keith Monfreda with any questions.
Afterschool Alliance's COVID-19 Survey:
Elevate the Afterschool Experience for a Chance to Win $100

As we start a new year, afterschool and summer programs continue to face the challenges posed by the pandemic. We need your help to continue to tell the story of the ways in which COVID-19 is impacting your program and the kids and families you serve.

Take the survey now and have a chance to win a gift card! Five $50 gift card winners will be selected at random each week the survey is open. And one winner from Indiana will receive a $100 gift card!

By taking Afterschool Alliance’s short survey, you are lifting up challenges programs face as the pandemic continues, and, more importantly, your answers will raise awareness of the short- and long-term effects of COVID-19 on the afterschool field.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time and your responses will be anonymous. The survey will close at 11:59 PM PDT on Sunday, March 14.
Apply for PPP Before March 10th

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a forgivable loan program created to help very small businesses, such as childcare programs, with much needed financial support during these unprecedented times.

From February 24 - March 10, only businesses with fewer than 20 employees can apply for a PPP loan. This exclusive period allows participating lenders to focus on serving small businesses such as family child care educators and early care and education programs.

For more information about PPP and other financial business supports, click below to visit the Office of Child Care's webpage, which includes resources for potential applicants.
Quality Corner
Professional Learning Communities: Connect, Learn, Grow
During this unique time in history, afterschool professionals and leaders must meet the moment by finding new ways to connect, learn, and grow. Introducing - NAA Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). The NAA PLCs are designed to inspire meaningful connections where participants join expert facilitators for collaborative guided learning experiences focused on the most important topics in afterschool. Each PLC experience includes the following over 6-8 weeks starting mid-March:

  • Minimum of 5 hours live, virtual, facilitated interactive learning
  • Up to 5 hours of self-paced learning activities
  • NAA certificate of completion showing 10+ PD hours
  • End of PLC celebration

The cost to participate is $150 per PLC. Registration deadline for Spring cohorts is March 5, 2021.
Professional Development, Conferences, and More
March 3, 2021 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Join Senators Chris Murphy (CT) and Michael Bennett (CO), along with national out-of-school time leaders, for an update on a K-12 reconciliation bill that includes dedicated summer enrichment funding to support America’s most vulnerable students. The Senators urge Congress to include dedicated funding in the next COVID-19 relief package to support local educational agencies, community-based organizations, and municipalities to provide quality summer enrichment programs and meet additional staff needs for new programming. Leaders will speak on the newest data on COVID-19 learning disparities as well as the critical role of summer programs in responding to students’ academic, physical, and social-emotional needs.

March 4, 2021 | 12:30 PM EST
Quality afterschool programs understand that children and youth in different age groups have different academic, psychological, and physical activity needs. Join IAN's Keith Monfreda to learn more about what to look for to make sure you pick the right program for your kids.

March 11, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST
MCCOY's Learning Network has long shared the importance of those serving youth and families to participate in self-care. We also recognize that these activities take time to plan, can be costly, and are often the first thing to get dropped from a busy to-do list. This series will allow for participants to experience a different self-care activity each month at a very limited cost.
Register Today!
Mark your calendars! The date has been set for the 10th annual Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning, Indiana's premiere conference for out-of-school time providers. The Summit brings together youth programs, schools, and community partners to connect, explore new ideas, access valuable resources, and transform learning beyond the school day for Indiana’s youth. Register today!
Funding Opportunities
Deadline: March 31, 2021
If you are a 501c3 youth-supporting organization or an intermediary organization providing workforce development training, career services, and/or connecting young people to employment opportunities, we encourage you to apply to host a Virtual Action Roundtable with employer and youth partners.

Through this process, the YES Project will issue six grants of $20,000 each to grantees who will co-host Virtual Action Roundtable conversations focused on bringing employers and young people of color together to create more inclusive workplace environments. Beyond hosting the conversations, grantees will connect their employer partners with young people and facilitate their collaboration on co-designed strategies for improving belonging and satisfaction in the workplace.

Deadline: August 1, 2021
The 21st Century Community Learning Center Program is a federally-funded program (Title IV, part B) awarded to local education agencies, as well as public and private organizations, to provide youth a safe environment during non-school hours. This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment and life skills opportunities during non-school hours for youth, particularly youth who attend high-proverty and low-performing schools. The program helps youth meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects; offers youth a broad array of enrichment activities that help their social, emotional, and behavioral development; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating youth.