Afterschool Professional Learning System coming to ND

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 time & 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 15!
Afterschool Map & Database

The ND Afterschool Network received grant funding from the National Conference of State Legislators to build a database and map of out-of-school time programs throughout North Dakota!

Over the next few months, the Network will collect information from afterschool and summer learning programs and compile the information into a free, online, searchable map on our website. 

The map will 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. 

We need your help to make this map complete! Watch for an email invitation to participate. The map will be unveiled at a Lights on Afterschool event around October 24, 2019.
Out-0f-School Time Summer Conference: July 30-31

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

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. 

A morning yoga class i s being offered with your conference registration by Christine Aull on July 31 from 7-8am.  A lifelong lover of movement, she completed her 230 Hour Yoga Study through Yoga Center Minneapolis in 2015 and her Devi Mommas Prenatal Teacher Training in 2019. Christine is also the creator of the ELEVATE Barre Teacher Training method and holds group fitness certifications from Behold Barre, Buti Yoga, Erin Jorich Yoga, Pilates Prow orks, and UGI.
Afterschool Funding

Afterschool for All Challenge

The ND Afterschool Network is heading to Capitol Hill June 12 to make the case for the programs America's students & families count on. Afterschool advocates from all 50 states will meet with their members of congress to tell them we can't afford cuts to afterschool as part of the annual Afterschool for All Challenge hosted by the Afterschool Alliance. 

On April 30 the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations & Related Agencies Subcommittee marked up their FY2020 spending measure, providing a $100 million increase for federal afterschool support. The increased funding would mean 100,000 additional students could access local, quality afterschool & summer learning programs. North Dakota currently receives just under $6 million.

Reach out & encourage your elected officials to support afterschool. Find information about emailing a letter  or calling, or invite a lawmaker to tour your afterschool program. This is one of the best ways to show them firsthand the impact of afterschool on North Dakota's students & families. Find resources for planning a site visit from the Afterschool Alliance. 

Grant Opportunities for Afterschool: 
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 deadlines 1st of June & October. 

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 June 15, 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.

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. Application deadline is July 31 2019. 
Upcoming Trainings & Events
9th Annual NDMTSS Conference

June 10-12 | Fargo

Topics include Practical Strategies for Reducing Anxiety & Defiant Behavior in the Classroom, Reducing Oppositional Behavior, MTSS, PBIS, and Restorative Practices, SEL within the MTSS Framework, and much more. 

Register here


Creative Approaches to Calming Kids

June 10 & 11 | Bismarck

$30. Register here


Get More Grants Webinar Series

June 11 | Online

ND Association for Nonprofit Organizations (NDANO) is hosting a 3-part webinar series on Tuesdays from 11am-12:30pm June 11-25. Sessions will include building budget proposals, tools for grantwriting, and what grantmakers want every grantseeker to know. $75 for NDANO members; $95 for Nonmembers. Register here


National Geographic Afterschool Educator Certificate

Register by June 20 | Online

FREE learning opportunity for afterschool educators; 15-20 hours of online & hands-on activities with students & staff between May 20 - August 30. Certified educators receive certificate, access to Nat Geo training to implement in your afterschool program, and opportunity to volunteer or engage in paid professional learning opportunities through National Geographic. Register by June 20


Vision, Mission & Values: Building a Positive Organizational Culture

June 20 noon-1:30pm | Online

You for Youth, the US Department of Education's technical assistance team for 21CCLC programs, is hosting a webinar on building a strong organizational culture to recruit & retain staff, engage families, and create a positive learning environment for students. 

Free but registration required. 


Poverty Simulation

June 27 | Bismarck

Community Action Partnership of ND is hosting a Poverty Simulation from 10am-12pm. 

Free but registration required. 


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 & complimentary shuttles available to 

Registration now open


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. 


Find additional PD opportunities throughout ND at
Resource of the Month: North Dakota State Library
As an afterschool program located in ND, did you know that you have access to FREE resources through the ND State Library From books & STEM kits to starting a Girls Who Code Club to locating community resources, the State Library can help you!

Anyone with an address in ND can get a library card from the ND State Library, giving you access to materials that can be mailed at no charge, professional research services, Online Library Resources, and more. 

The State Library has over 160 STEM learning kits that can be checked out by local & school libraries. This gives a great opportunity for afterschool programs to build community connections by connecting with your local & school libraries. 

Through a partnership with Girls who Code, the ND State Library can help you start a free afterschool coding club for girls in grades 3-5 and/or 6-12. 

Online Library Services include access to TutorND, which provides free online tutoring in math, science, social studies, English, Spanish, and writing,  & Kids InfoBits, engaging resources for K-5 students. Grant resources include funding availability for local & school libraries and non-profit organizations and grant writing resources to help your afterschool program build capacity & sustainability.
Kristin Krile 
ND Afterschool Network Lead