Indiana Statewide Newsletter
March 30, 2021
News & Policy
COVID-19 Relief Funding Available for OST Programs
Last week, the state of Indiana rolled out its Essential to Recovery plan, which outlines how it will use COVID-19 relief funding to enable programs like yours to regain sustainability, deliver support to families, and build industry strength for the future.

IAN has served as a partner in the development of the state's plan and will take a lead role in supporting the rollout of specific initiatives.

Here are some immediate next steps you can take to ensure that you stay engaged and prepared as this plan gets underway:

View the Webinar
If you missed last week's informational webinar, the recording is now available here. Webinar slides and additional information on the plan is also available here.

Sign Up for Updates
To stay up to date on plan progress, sign up for regular text alerts by texting the word UPDATES to 465437.

Learn More About Your CCDF Eligibility
If you're an out-of-school time program not currently eligible to accept CCDF, you'll want to become eligible in order to take part in these initiatives. Learn more by contacting your licensing consultant today.

If you have any questions about the plan and its initiatives, you can contact the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning at
Content Creators Wanted:
Get Paid to Support OST Professional Development

The Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN) is seeking 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.

Selected content submitters will be compensated for their work. 

The complete list of content to be developed - including compensation information - can be found at the link below. The deadline for all proposal submissions is 5:00 PM EST on Friday, April 2, 2021. Please contact Keith Monfreda with any questions.
COVID-19 Vaccination Survey for OST Providers

The US Department of Health and Human Services has directed states to get all teachers, school staff, child care program educators, and other child care program staff members their first COVID-19 vaccination by the end of the month. We need your help to monitor the implementation of these efforts. How you can help:

  • Click the link below to take the survey
  • Share the survey link with your networks and encourage child care providers and staff to complete it.

The survey is completely anonymous. Individual responses will not be reported. The survey closed on March 31, 2021.

After the data collection has ended, the CDC will analyze the responses and share a summary of the results.
Quality Corner
IAN Summer Learning Webinars
Aren't we all looking forward to summer this year? It certainly feels like brighter days are ahead. To help programs and families prepare for a summer like no other, the Indiana Afterschool Network is excited to announce the following webinars:

April 7, 2021 | 12:00 PM EST
The summer of 2021 brings unprecedented needs for youth and unprecedented opportunities for summer programs. Provider surveys and reports from the field have both identified the need to focus on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) recovery, in addition to the need to coordinate as a community to support academic learning recovery. Join the Indiana Afterschool Network for a virtual forum as we tee up for a Summer Like No Other with experts on SEL and Summer Learning and school and provider perspectives on summer programming.

April 15, 2021 | 12:30 PM EST
Join IAN's Keith Monfreda to discuss quality summer programs for your child. During this session, Keith will share what to look for to make sure you pick the right summer program for your child.
Professional Development, Conferences, and More
March 31, 2021 | 2:00 PM EST
Learn about how you can incorporate interactive nutrition education into your summer program. Common Threads' Small Bites Program teaches PreK-8th grade students about nutrition and healthy cooking through a series of eight lessons combining nutrition and snack making. The lessons are aligned to local education standards. The lessons give students the opportunity to connect math, language arts, and science concepts to interactive experiences that provide tools to live longer, healthier lives.

April 13, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
In this webinar, participants will explore three strategies for connecting to and preparing role models to work with youth. Strategies will consist of making a connection, talking about your work in age-appropriate ways, and using culturally relevant and youth development practices.

April 14, 2021 | 11:00 AM EST
Over the past year so much has changed for you, your programs and the families you serve. Even with these changes, running safe and successful student programs is a top priority. MSB Activities has partnered with and learned from peers in the afterschool space to help address the challenges you’re facing and how technology can better support you and your staff. Join the webinar to review key technological trends that have shaped how you can meet these changes head on. Plus, get an inside look at MSB Activities and learn about their limited time discount!
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
The Go Farther Literacy Project is a new pilot program from The Mind Trust to fund solutions to help address Indianapolis’ literacy crisis and ensure all children read at or above grade level. The Mind Trust is looking for parents, guardians, family members, or local organizations in Indianapolis who support children to submit project proposals for potential funding. Potential projects including: starting a home or community library, creating a book drive, hiring tutoring services, or planning a literacy event with guest readers.

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.