Resources & News for Arizona OST Professionals

Showcase Your
Youth Program at
Our 28th Annual Conference!
We're looking for a feature photo for our 2020 School's Out, Make It Count Conference promotional materials. Photos should meet the following criteria:

- Is a high-resolution, color image file (.jpg, .png) 
- Includes at least 1 youth & 1 staff member 
- Is candid, and have an indicator of the program represented (staff shirt with logo, in front of sign, etc.) 
- Must have photo release for youth pictured in images 
- Programs may submit up to 5 images for consideration. 

Deadline is January 1, 2020. Submit photos to Ryan Bradstock via email at .

 The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read , a partnership with Arts Midwest, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The Big Read annually supports approximately 75 dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read book. Selected organizations receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, digital resources, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement. The application deadline is January 29, 2020.

The Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program seeks to prevent suicide and substance misuse, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth through the age of 24 years. The program is intended to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders, foster culturally responsive models that reduce and respond to the impact of trauma in AI/AN communities, and allow AI/AN communities to facilitate collaboration among agencies to support youth as they transition into adulthood. The application deadline is December 10, 2019.


The NAA looks at the funding status of a few key federal programs that support SEL through after-school and summer learning programs, as well as recent federal legislation.

Last Call for the Summer Learning Survey

In Maricopa County, we know there are dozens of summer school programs However, there is not a comprehensive understanding of the quality, scope, access, affordability, or outcomes of these programs.

That is why AzCASE is partnering with Valley of the Sun United Way and the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to take a self-assessment of our current system and a survey of summer learning programs.

We are inviting ALL MARICOPA COUNTY PROGRAMS to join this project, by completing a survey on your summer program.

Your program information will allow us to capture a snapshot of the state of summer programs for children and youth, and will allow you, your colleagues and community members to understand the need for programming and the opportunities for collaboration. 

Please use this link to let us know about your summer program:

Arizona OST Quality Program

Need help or have questions about the Arizona Quality Standards? Just give us a call! 602.734.5434

Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence