Afterschool & Out-of-school Guidance for this Fall

During our call with the Governor's Office and Early Learning Division on August 27th, they provided answers to many questions around providing care for youth this fall. Although there are still many questions to be addressed individually, there are several large takeaways that we want all afterschool programs operating this fall to understand.

  • All programs serving youth under 13 years of age, that take the place of a parents care will most likely qualify as child care should follow Child Care and Early Education Health & Safety Guidance
  • Programs offering more than 8 hours of care per week in a single enrichment, that are not a government agency (city, county, etc) must register as Emergency Child Care (ECC).
  • Other Exemptions (found HERE) exist that would allow programs to operate without requiring an ECC application being completed (camps, co-ops, on business sites), but all still must follow guidance.
  • Recorded Programs who operate during 'in-school' hours and support distance learning, HAVE TO APPLY as ECC.
  • Programs serving age 13 and over will have 'updated' guidance due out in early September. School Age Summer Camp Guidance and FAQ's would be adequate alternative until new guidance is released.

CLICK HERE to watch the full recording of the August 27th call. The new Child Care and Early Education guidance goes into effect September 1st- make sure you have started your ECC application if you plan to operate programs beyond previously scheduled summer camps. We are also scheduling a follow up opportunity on September 8th to review draft fall camp & youth development guidance from 2-3pm RSVP Here.
Programs Are Coping with COVID Regulations

 Four separate school districts are working with the Rogue Valley Family YMCA in Southern Oregon to provide full day child care to support working families. The Campus Connection Child Care program allocates time for students to attend their virtual distance learning on-line platform along with meals, snacks, nutrition education, enrichment, and time outdoors. The program with strict COVID-19 mitigation measures are supported by the collaboration including the local children’s museum and the two hospitals. The Eagle Point School District Superintendent Andy Kovach says “You've taken a huge load off my mind and I sincerely appreciate it. Thank you!”

Please use this Survey Link to let us know what your fall plans are and if you have other examples of how you are partnering to support youth & families with distance learning, you can send them to
Summer Camps Helping Kids Thrive
Coyle Outside ran over 55 week long day camps this Summer in partnership with City Parks and Recreation Departments throughout Oregon, as well as dozens throughout Colorado and Washington. Participants aged 3-14 took part in parkour, survival skills, crafting and fishing camps. Highlights included brand new running camps for toddlers and a camp that combined archery, foraging and fishing. They also kept over 20 instructors employed for the Summer, which was not a given in the Spring!

They experienced zero COVID-19 transmissions and participants got to get outside, connect with the natural world and make new friends at a time when their families were otherwise navigating quarantine. They increased communication this year with partners and customers, and had unprecedented levels of gratitude and thanks from families that made use of programs. Instructors learned how to turn COVID-19 into a learning opportunity in our survival camps and we saw compliance and decision-making skills improve weekly in the youth we worked with. Through the Summer, their confidence grew that the 100% outside model was a strong protection for staff and participants based on their experience, queries of others, and research. Thanks to a safe and successful summer, they have decided to offer Fall and School year programming to support families navigating online schooling. Find out more HERE.
Save the Date: Lights On Afterschool Multi State Town Hall October 21st

Save the date to join us on October 21st from 4-5:30pm as we hear from state leaders and afterschool champions about the critical importance of afterschool and summer programs in supporting families, schools, and building employability skills. Oregon's own Labor Commissioner, Val Hoyle plans to join to speak about the role expanded learning programs play in helping youth develop skills and explore career paths. More information coming soon - make sure to get updates
Oregon Afterschool Conference 2020: Join Us for the Open Minds, Open Spaces Multi-State Virtual Experience

This October, we are doing our best to meet the varied demand of programs around the state by offering our annual Afterschool Conference online! We will be offering over 20 hours of professional development available throughout October 13th-22nd! The conference will include a 1 day multi-state extravaganza with 9 states participating on October 16th for the Open Minds, Open Spaces virtual experience. This one day will include 12 workshops sessions to choose from, a keynote, 2 youth panels, and pre-recorded content accessible for 2 weeks.

We will also have 11 different workshop sessions available at various times for additional in-depth learning opportunities on critically important topics; dealing with trauma & stress, behavior management, and supporting equity. Save the date to join us next month!
Registration opening soon for $99/person.
OregonASK September Professional Development Online
PBIS Basics for Afterschool Providers
September 10th from 6:00 - 8:00pm
Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) is a research-based framework that is most successful when applied across all contexts of a student’s school and afterschool experiences. In this session, participants will learn the basic components of a PBIS system and how afterschool staff can integrate PBIS strategies into their program. Register HERE for only $20
Using Scientific Inquiry to Explore Wind
September 17th, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Science-scientists-SMJoin us as we explore scientific inquiry, using a nine-week curriculum to examine the science of wind. Apply STEM concepts appropriate for school-age children. Participants will receive 2 hours of set 2 LEC credit through the Oregon Registry. Register HERE for only $20.
Growth Mindset: Supporting School Age Learner’s to Become Enthusiastic, Hard-working and Persistent
September 29th from 6:00 - 8:00pm
Participants will explore the concept of Growth Mindset, examine their own mindset as it applies to learn new things, and practice communication strategies that build confidence in problem-solving and encourage students to persist through challenges. Participants will receive 2 hours of set 2 HGD credit through the Oregon Registry. Register HERE for only $20
September is...National Preparedness Month

While communities across the nation are still reeling from the current global pandemic, we recognize the critical importance of this National Preparedness Month. OregonASK's own work with the 2 Week Ready campaign has also provided an opportunity to hear from Oregon programs and communities about ways we can help be more prepared. Our 2 Week Ready Interim Report outlines some of the information we've been gathering over the last year and how analyzed feedback can help provide more tangible supports and recommendations for the future. If you are interested in sharing your voice on preparedness, our final virtual community opportunity is September 22nd from 6-7pm and you can REGISTER HERE for free.

We hope you are able to join in this September and find out more here about the resources and information you can utilize this month to be more prepared for our uncertain future. And don't forget to keep an eye out for more connections on our social media that highlight this year's theme "Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” and the weekly themes:
  • Week 1: September 1 – 5           Make a Plan
  • Week 2: September 6 – 12         Build a Kit
  • Week 3: September 13 – 19      Prepare for Disasters
  • Week 4: September 20 – 26      Prepared Youth Make for a More Prepared Community
2020-21 Save the Dates!

September 18th: OregonASK Virtual Partner Meeting RSVP HERE

October 16th: Open Spaces, Open Minds Virtual Experience
From Pivot to Reimagine

October 21st: Multi-State Town Hall Celebrating Lights On Afterschool

October 22nd: Lights On Afterschool

December 4th: OregonASK Partner Meeting  

February 19, 2021: OregonASK Partner Meeting

May 14, 2021: OregonASK Partner Meeting

OregonASK Expanded Learning Partnership
Wilsonville, OR 97070