Indiana Statewide Newsletter
March 31, 2020
News & Policy
President Trump Signs Third COVID-19 Relief Package
President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law at an Oval Office signing ceremony on Friday afternoon.

Supporters of afterschool had sent more than 10,000 messages and calls to members of Congress this month, making the case for additional investments to support afterschool programs that have closed, as well as support for programs that are open and serving children of essential employees.

The bill, described in more detail in the article below, has several provisions that are essential for afterschool providers, including:

  • The State Education Stabilization Fund can be used to support afterschool and summer learning programs and their providers
  • The additional funding for childcare can be used by afterschool providers/staff that are continuing to stay open to serve their existing students and/or the children of health care providers and other essential staff
  • It makes it clear that non-profits are eligible for all the resources targeted to small businesses.
  • Makes changes to the charitable deduction for tax year 2020 to encourage support of nonprofit organizations

Note: The article below was written just prior to the CARES Act being signed in to law, but does a great job of highlighting its afterschool-related provisions.
2020 Afterschool for All Challenge

On March 18, the Indiana Afterschool Network partnered up the Afterschool Alliance and hundreds of afterschool professionals to meet virtually with congressional staffers and urge them to support kids and families who rely on afterschool programs.

Later that day, Rep. David Cicilline and Rep. Don Young circulated a Dear Colleague letter in the House, urging an additional $500 million allocation to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. In just six hours, 48 bipartisan members signed on.

This is a testament to the hard work of the field and the recognition of the importance of afterschool programs in communities across the country. Your efforts made this happen. Take a bow!
Respond to Help Essential Workers Find Childcare

In partnership with the State of Indiana and to ensure that first responders and essential workers can work during the COVID-19 response, Brighter Futures Indiana is gathering information on community organizations and providers that are equipped to help establish pop-up care options to serve essential personnel during this crucial time.

If you are an organization, please respond to this survey to share your interest in helping to fulfill this essential need.

If you are a provider, please respond to this survey to share the early learning and child care openings in your program, as well as possible staffing needs.

Additional Links

Quality Corner
Sign up for the Indiana Academy on Out-of-School Learning
Keep Learning in Your Own Virtual Space
Looking for more opportunities for online learning now that the COVID-19 crisis has distanced us? The IN Academy is a great tool to have right now. Keep learning and working in your virtual world if you aren't working in your programs due to restrictions. Check out the courses featured above, plus hundreds more, and continue building your skills for returning to the front lines of work.

Leaders Shape the Future
Innovative thinking, decisive action and focused collaboration are needed to surmount barriers to progress. Individual staff members need specific professional development plans constructed on valid assessment data. This course is designed to guide you and promote skills and competencies that can advance your career and propel you and your agency to new heights.

Leading Teams and Organizations with Head and Heart
As leaders, we must ensure that we are not only modeling social-emotional and character skills ourselves, but creating program environments for staff to thrive in these areas. In this course, participants will understand three stages of change, and how staff experience each. Participants will also become familiar with adaptive leadership strategies for managing change within organizations.

The Role of the Site Leader
Supervising adults is challenging under any circumstances, but in out-of-school time, supervision can be even more challenging because those supervised needs to be independent workers who are creative, energetic, enthusiastic and calculated risk takers. This course offers a basic overview of the roles and responsibilities of the site leader or supervisor and how those roles support a culture of team excellence and mutual support.

Don't forget! These modules are expertly designed for tablets, laptops, & cell phones, so get comfortable and get busy!
Events
Professional Development, Conferences, and More
Webinar | Census FAQ
Anytime - Pre-recorded Session
Last week, the Marion County Commission On Youth (MCCOY) had a great turn out to their webinar training about counting all Indiana kids as part of the 2020 Census. If you weren't able to make it, they recorded the webinar so you can still watch from home! We hope it can be a valuable resource for you to learn about the census and how it is so important that we make sure all kids are counted. Check it out here.

Webinar | Empathy: Why it Matters and How to Grow It (4/15/20)
Wed, Apr 15, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
In the era social emotional learning, empathy is a key skill when developing social awareness. Empathy is the art of stepping into the shoes of another person and seeing the world through their eyes. During this webinar we will discuss how to develop empathy as youth development and education practitioners. How to understand the difference between being empathetic and sympathetic, and the six habits of highly empathetic people. Finally, strategies for helping youth develop empathy will be discussed. More here.
Mark Your Calendars
2020 Virtual Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning
April, 2020 | Indiana Convention Center
Adventure is more than just hiking a new trail – it’s breaking the chain of routine and opening yourself up to new ideas. Adventure is challenging what’s possible for yourself, your program, and your kids. In Spring of 2020, the Indiana Afterschool Network will help you push your boundaries outward and learn how we can work together to dream, explore, and discover. Learn more here .
Funding Opportunities
2020-2021 FAFSA
Deadline: April 15, 2020
The 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now live and opened Tuesday, October 1. In order to secure state aid eligibility for the 2020-2021 academic year, students must submit the FAFSA by the state deadline of April 15, 2020. Seniors are encouraged to create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) prior to beginning the FAFSA. The FSA ID serves as a legal digital signature, and both the student and at least one parent must have one. The FSA ID can be created on the Federal Student Aid website.

21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) RFP
Deadline: August 12, 2020
The 21st CCLC Program is a federally-funded program (Title IV, part B) awarded to public school districts, charter schools and organizations, in order to provide youth a safe environment during non-school hours. This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for youth, particularly youth who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. Any public or private organization is eligible to apply. Approximately $10.3 million will be available in this application period. Intent to Apply submissions are due March 12, 2020 via this link. Learn more here.