Indiana Statewide Newsletter
May 18, 2021
News & Policy
2021 Summer Programs Toolkit
Tools for reaching parents and hiring staff
These materials were developed to provide out-of-school time providers with templates to encourage families to enroll their kids in a summer program and to recruit new staff. They emphasize the need to provide safe, flexible programs and options for every family while focusing on fun, social, and active opportunities for kids.

Click the button below to find the following communications resources for your program:

  • Sample copy for key communications
  • Email templates from providers to parents
  • Social media copy and graphics
  • Flyers
  • Newsletter copy
  • Website copy
Children's Commission Seeking Youth Members
The Commission on Improving the Status of Children is now accepting applications from young adults, ages 18-29, who have experience in the child welfare, juvenile justice, or family/social services system, to serve a two-year term as a member of the Commission. Deadline to apply is June 7, 2021.
New Research Brief: The Evidence for Afterschool
As the country continues to re-open, OST programs will continue to be a valuable resource. This new brief from the Afterschool Alliance synthesizes findings from nearly two dozen evaluations—including randomized and quasi-experimental studies—that demonstrate the evidence base behind afterschool and summer programs.
Quality Corner
2021 Quality Tools Survey
IAN’s quality tools were created to support you in the design, implementation, and evaluation of high quality out-of-school time programs. With unprecedented changes to organizations, programs, staff, children, and families, we want to make sure our tools are appropriate and effective for your needs.

This spring, we are asking organizations to complete a short survey about our quality tools:

And we are seeking feedback from ALL levels of an organization - from program staff to site coordinators to administrators. This will guide IAN in the development of content, platform updates, and new features.

The survey should take approximately 5 -10 minutes to complete. And, if you complete the survey by 5:00 PM EST on June 4, 2021 you will be entered to win a $100 gift card!
Professional Development, Conferences, and Events
May 19, 2021 | 2:00 PM EST
Thousands of youth participate in employment and internship programs every summer. The goal of these programs is to guide youth to achieve personal goals and prepare for career paths through empowerment, education, and employment opportunities. Join College to Congress and National Youth Employment Coalition as they discuss how they are providing older youth with supportive and meaningful employment experiences and paid internships.
June 2, 2021 - June 3, 2021
Join IYI's virtual 2021 College and Career Conference to ensure Indiana is a place where every child has the access and opportunity to thrive. Together, we will learn from national experts who will guide conversations on topics most important to you, enhancing your experience with actionable takeaways. IYI has scholarships for all Indiana youth-serving professionals that cover the full registration cost. Simply register to claim your scholarship.
June 21, 2021 - June 23, 2021 | 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Do you want to inspire your students, eliminate boredom, and transform your program or classroom? Join with other educators to learn the nuts and bolts of PBL through live, fully interactive virtual workshop sessions! Magnify Learning's Project Based Learning professional development workshops teach you how to use the PBL framework to create authentic learning experiences in the classroom. This virtual workshop equips you with the skills to create a Project Based Learning unit customized for your students, and designed around standards and Employability Skills (21st Century Skills)…while also practicing e-learning skills! This online workshop is a great fit for K-16 educators, instructional coaches, and administrators.
Funding Opportunities
Funding for Afterschool & Summer Learning
For families with qualifying incomes (128%- 250% of the federal poverty level), classified as essential workers, the state of Indiana can cover 80% of tuition fees for kids up to age 12, including early learning, before-school, after-school, and summer learning programs.

Early care and education and out-of-school time programs must be Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) eligible to participate in the Build, Learn, Grow scholarship program. If your program is not CCDF-eligible, contact your state licensing consultant to get started. And, to learn more about the requirements to become a CCDF Certified Unlicensed Provider, click here.

Programs that wish to accept scholarship funds are required to complete a 30-minute information webinar, which is available 24/7, so you can complete it when it is convenient for you. To complete this session:

  • Login or create a free account at
  • Click the green "Start Your Indiana Learning Path" button
  • Choose "Courses" from the menu on the left-hand side
  • Search "Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship Fund Information Session" to register and start the course
Indiana Local Educational Agencies (LEAs or School Districts) must allocate at least 20% set aside to fund programming that addresses learning loss through implementation of evidence based interventions, such as after school programming or other enriching educational out of school time programming. Programming should address students’ academic health as well as their social emotional wellbeing.

Providers should use this opportunity to reach out to principals, superintendents, and school boards to encourage investments in summer learning and afterschool programs to provide students and families with the support and engaging learning opportunities they need. In doing so, think about how your particular program can meet these needs. For instance, how can you develop this statement by including your program's expertise? "My program can meet the needs of the students and families in our school district because we do X,Y, and Z." When reaching out to your LEA(s) about partnership, it will be important for you to bring data on how your program is improving attendance, discipline, academics, etc.

For resources on this outreach, click here.
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.