Register your Out-of-School Time Program for a chance to win an iPad

We need your help to make the North Dakota Afterschool Database complete! Register your Out-of-School Time Program by submitting this form. Participants who register their program site by September 30th will have the chance to win an iPad valued at $250!

Programs eligible for being a part of the database include those that serve youth PreK-12 before school, after school, summers, weekends, and during school breaks. Programs include organized, regularly scheduled activities in a structured, supervised environment and include an educational or enrichment activity. They can take place in schools, school-age childcare centers, community based organizations, universities, libraries, museums, camps, and other locations.

The database will be the first to provide a complete picture of afterschool across ND, be a tool for programs, educators, parents, policymakers, and the community. Along with the map, the Network will publish a "State of Afterschool in ND" report. The publication will have data, infographics, and legislative district profiles that you can use to share the benefits and needs of afterschool to your legislators, policymakers, and funders. 

Preliminary map results will be unveiled at a Lights on Afterschool event in October 2019. 

Questions? Contact or 701-446-3195
Last Chance to Register!
Out-0f-School Time Summer Conference: July 30-31

Registration is open through July 15 for the 2019 Out-of-School Time Summer Conference! Find an updated schedule of events, keynote & breakout speakers, and more details at

Keynote Day 1: Jodi Grant, Afterschool Alliance
Workforce Readiness in Afterschool

Since 2005, Jodi Grant has been the Executive Director of Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure all children and youth have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. 

In America today, 11.3 million children take care of themselves after the school day ends, more than 10 million students are in afterschool programs but parents of almost 20 million children say their kids would participate if a program were available. 

Jodi will be sharing afterschool highlights from a national perspective and leading a panel of local individuals who will share workforce readiness in afterschool practices. 

Panel members include: 
  • Wayde Sick, Director, ND Department of Career and Technical Education
  • Michael Hanson, Director, North Valley Career & Technology Center
  • Lori Zahradka, 21CCLC Project Director, North Valley Extended School Program
  • Jaci Niemann, Site Coordinator, North Valley Extended School Program

Keynote Day 2: Kelly Felton, Search Institute
Developmental Assets

Kelly Felton is a speaker and trainer and provides technical assistance for community leaders, organizations and communities interested in positive youth development. Through a wide variety of experiences, she has committed her career to help young people make safe and healthy choices. 

Kelly will be presenting on Developmental Relationships: A Tool for Empowering Parenting Adults. Relationships are too important to leave to chance. Social-emotional development blossoms when caring adults are present in young people's lives. Search Institute's Developmental Relationship framework identifies five elements and 20 actions that make a relationship transformative.

Kelly will also be presenting two breakout sessions:
  • SPARKS: Igniting the Hidden Strengths of Teens
  • Engaging Families: A Relationships Based Approach

A block of rooms has been reserved at the state rate at Radisson Bismarck under "ND Afterschool Network". Complimentary shuttles are available from hotel to Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy. Parking is also available at the conference venue. 

National Summer Learning Week is July 8-13!

Join the celebration dedicated to advocacy and awareness around elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year. This year, each day will focus on a new theme: Literacy, STEM, Arts, College & Career Readiness, and Nutrition & Wellness. Find summer learning resources, events & programs at NSLA: National Summer Learning Week

Ways to Celebrate Summer Learning Week:
Afterschool Programs across ND Eligible for FREE PD Pilot

The  ND Afterschool Network has partnered with CypherWorx to offer the latest out-of-school time learning and professional development for afterschool professionals working in before school, afterschool and summer learning programs. For a limited number of participants, the Network is offering FREE access to the system for afterschool programs throughout North Dakota. 

Hundreds of courses are available, including a 54-course series of online training designed specifically for afterschool professionals. Courses were developed by content experts and align with the National Afterschool Association Standards for Quality School-Age Care. Each course is 15 minutes to one hour, is accessible by any device with wifi access, and participants gain certificates for successfully completing courses. 

A sample of course offerings include: Commitment to Quality in School-Age Programs, Creating & Managing Budgets, Designing Effective Indoor Learning Environments, Exploring Developmental Needs, Family Involvement, Leadership & Conflict Management, Making Plans & Developing Policies, Observational Skills, Providing Homework Support Supervision & Boundaries, and more. 

The Pilot Program will run from approximately August 2019 - May 2020 and participants will have access to the full set of course offerings, be able to assign courses to staff within their programs, view & print learning records of their staff, and provide feedback on the system to the Network. 

Questions? Interested in being considered for a pilot site? Please fill out this interest form by July 31!
Afterschool Funding

Afterschool for All Challenge held June 12

The ND Afterschool Network joined advocates from 41 other states on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and encourage support of federal afterschool funding.  More than 200 afterschool staff, community leaders, educators and youth from around the nation joined as part of the Afterschool for All Challenge, organized by Afterschool Alliance. 

Network Lead Kristin Knorr met with Senator John Hoeven and staffers from the offices of Senator Kevin Cramer and Representative Kelly Armstrong to urge the rejection of the Trump administration's proposal to end federal afterschool funding. Discussions included supporting 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC), Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and the Child Nutrition Act. 

In ND, 9,665 students were served through 21CCLC funding last year and an average of 684 school-age children are served each month through CCDBG subsidies. With the House proposing a $100 million increase in 21CCLC funding nationwide, this could provide even more funding to support students in North Dakota. 

The meetings on Capitol Hill are over, but there are still ample opportunities for afterschool advocates. The Network is currently working with the offices of our Congressmen to arrange site visits while they are home this August. Find tips to host a successful site visit and notify Kristin Knorr if your site is interested in being a host site for our Congressmen.

Grant Opportunities for Afterschool: 
Statewide greatest needs program provides grant funding up to $5,000 for a project or program. Nonprofit or government agencies from anywhere in North Dakota is eligible to apply. 
 is July 31 2019. 

Public & private schools, and 501c3 non-profit organizations supporting a garden at a public or private school, are eligible to apply for funding to support an edible school garden (fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc.) to which children have regular access. Application period open 8/1/2019 to 11/1/2019 with funding notification in January 2020. 

Grant funding provided in communities across ND in areas such as affordable childcare and before/after school programs. Applications accepted through October 31, 2019.

Grant funding provided in communities served by Bobcat Company to support people within their community. Find the Charitable & Sponsorship Request Form here

Champion Creatively Alive Children grant opportunity provides funding for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. 2019 applications now accepted. 

Grants are awarded for general organizational support & for specific projects, supporting funding for environment, healthy food systems, increasing outdoor activity, and building stronger communities. Applications reviewed three times per year; next deadline October 11, 2019. 

Funding available in communities served by Ottertail Power to support young minds, invest in current & future workforce, create vibrant culture & community, improve health & human services, and protect natural resources. Applications reviewed quarterly with next deadlines on Sept. 15 & Dec. 15. 

Grant funds from $250 to $5,000 are available to organizations located within the community of each Walmart location. 2019 grant cycle begins February 15, 2019 and  applications accepted through December 31, 2019.    
Upcoming Trainings & Events

Families & Educators Together: Building Great Relationships that Support Young Children

July 9 | Webinar

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC is hosting a free webinar on July 9th at 2pm to provide practical tips to cultivate positive, supportive partnerships between educators & families. Register here


SEL for Kids Starts with Adults

Webinar Series

National Afterschool Association is hosting a 4 part webinar series accessible for Executive members. Find more information.

  • Part 2: Leading with Emotional Intelligence, July 9
  • Part 3: Choosing SEL Curriculum for Your Program, July 16
  • Part 4: Living, Teaching, and Embracing "You Matter", July 30 
Instructional Coaching Webinar
July 11 | Webinar
Jill Jackson is hosting a free webinar on "4 Reasons Most Instructional Coaching Models Get Virtually No Long-Term Results Despite Tons of Effort". Discover ways to set up a coaching model that works to get the most support all the way to teachers...quickly. Register here

ND Out-of-School Time Summer Conference

July 30 & 31 | Bismarck

Two days of high-quality professional development for afterschool professionals at the Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy! This year's conference will focus on Youth Engagement & Workforce Readiness in Afterschool. Cost is $100 per attendee. Block of rooms reserved at Radisson Bismarck.  Registration open through July 15

Governor's Summit on Innovative Education
August 14 & 15 | Jamestown
Gov. Doug Burgum will host the 3rd annual Summit on Innovative Education in partnership with the ND Department of Human Services' Behavioral Health Division to focus on student mental health, addiction and prevention. Find more information


Supporting Students with Anxiety & Oppositional Behavior

August 16, 8:00am-3:30pm | West Fargo

Jessica Minahan will present on intensive skill-building, intervention selection, and creative effective behavior intervention plans. $100 per attendee. Find more information. 


Lights on Afterschool

October 24 

Join afterschool programs across the nation for the 20th annual Lights on Afterschool to shine a light on afterschool and the positive effects it has in communities. Find program ideas and watch the ND Afterschool Network email & facebook page for special giveaways & announcements leading up to LOA. 


Afterschool Quality Coaching Book Study

October 16 - November 20

Online meetings each Wednesday from 1-2pm

This virtual course is your how-to toolkit for building & sustaining a coaching practice that helps supervisors in afterschool settings how to coach their staff to continually improve the quality of their program. Training time is 12 total hours (6 hours instructor-facilitated discussions and 6 hours reading & homework assignments. Participants will receive 2 publications with their $50 registration fee- Get some GUTS, Coach by Jill Jackson ($14.95 value) and How to Coach Teachers to Teach (Almost) Anything ($95 value). Registration open soon


Find additional PD opportunities throughout ND at
Kristin Knorr
ND Afterschool Network Lead