Lights On Afterschool - October 24
Lights on Afterschool

The ND Afterschool Network encourages YOU to participate in the 20th Lights on Afterschool!

Join the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, Lights on Afterschool is a great way to highlight afterschool in your community and beyond, sending the powerful message that more students need quality programs available to them. 

1. Find a checklist to Get Started

3. Register your event (big or small) to be eligible for awesome prizes, including 150 KIND Kids snacks, event posters, and more!

Have an idea to "light up" or highlight a landmark in your North Dakota community? 

The ND Afterschool Network is looking for 1 or more programs to highlight on October 24- let us know if your site would like to be involved! This could include lighting up a building or landmark, highlighting notable city or town properties like statues, community centers, art installations, fountains, fields, etc. 
ND's First Afterschool Mapping Database

The ND Afterschool Database will help families, schools, communities and elected officials locate afterschool and summer learning programs and identify assets and gaps in out-of-school time programming throughout North Dakota. The afterschool field in North Dakota is segmented due to funding streams, gaps in policy, and lack of awareness of the immense benefits of high-quality out-of-school time programs to students & families. 

Contribute to the statewide conversation and help fill the gaps to give a complete picture of afterschool in ND! The ND Afterschool Network advocates for systems, policy, and funding to increase access to high-quality out-of-school time programs for students PreK-12 across the state.

Programs who register by September 30, 2019 will be entered to win an iPad (valued at $250)!
Afterschool Funding

Bills Addressing Trauma, ACEs in Congress

A brief published by Child Trends reports that 45% of children in the U.S. have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE). Several newly-introduced bills on Capitol Hill address childhood trauma and the role afterschool programs can play in protecting against it. 

Afterschool Grant Opportunities:
The ND Afterschool Network is now a statewide partner with Girls Who Code, which offers FREE afterschool programming for girls in grades 3-5th and 6-12th, including grant funds to use on supplies, snacks, field trips, and other costs, and coding curriculum provided at no cost. Start a club now!

YSA will award Afterschool Grants of up to $500 each to support youth-led service or service-learning in afterschool programs. Grants are offered on a competitive application basis & applications accepted through October 4, 2019 for projects taking place between November 2019 - May 2020. 

Eduporium is awarding $500 grants to a school or teacher that wants to increase STEM technology. Ideal candidates are educators who have demonstrated innovation and creativity within their school or afterschool community, those who have a financial need, & those who can provide a clear & concise product plan that can be implemented within six months. Application form is due on the 20th of each month. 

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 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.    

Find additional afterschool funding opportunities at Afterschool Alliance and  BOOST.
Upcoming Trainings & Events

Family Engagement that Works

September-October | 8 Locations Statewide

This two-day training engages the school team in high-impact family engagement strategies developed by Dr. Steve Constantino. Teams will be fully immersed in highly effective methods of engaging families in order to increase student achievement. Training locations: Bismarck, Grand Forks, Rugby, Fargo, Devils Lake, Williston, Dickinson, Minot. Cost $35.  Registration open. 


Restorative Practices Training

September 17: Minot, October 21: Bismarck

Establishing a Circle Practice in the Classroom is a simple yet carefully constructed communication process that helps foster a caring & respectful classroom culture. It is a powerful tool to build empathy, emotional literacy, self-regulation, and self-awareness skills. Applicable for programs working with elementary, middle and high school age students. Ticket Information


EdCamp North Dakota

October 17 | Fargo

This UNconference is PD all about YOU: You determine the session topics based on your needs then ask your questions, share your expertise, and learn with and from other educators like you. EdCamp ND is free but registration required as space is limited. 


Lights on Afterschool

October 24 | Nationwide

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 register your Lights on Afterschool activities. For a limited time, KIND is donating 150 Simple Crunch & KIND Kids snacks to programs who register! You must complete the full registration form & supplies are limited. 


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 now open


State Advocacy Institute on Youth Homelessness

October 24 | Bismarck

ND Department of Public Instruction has contracted with SchoolHouse Connection to provide the State Advocacy Institute on Youth Homelessness. Prior to the Institute, a needs assessment will be conducted in the area of youth homelessness. If your afterschool program works with youth who are homeless, please share the survey link. Youth taking the survey can receive a $10 gift certificate by contacting Patricia Julianelle, as well as stipends for youth to attend the Institute. 


Trauma Sensitive Schools Training of Trainers

October 29-30 | Hazelton, ND

This curriculum is a composition of five modules related to trauma; how trauma manifests in the classroom; the neurobiology of trauma & resilience; effective strategies to assist students experiencing the effects of trauma; understanding secondary effects of trauma; and creating a trauma-informed school culture. Find application here


ND Early Education Standards Trainings

Fall Dates Announced | Online & In person statewide

ND Early Learning Standards Birth to Kindergarten Online Training Series available starting September 15. Face to face training locations on the New Early Learning Standards Birth to Kindergarten include Minot on September 28, Williston on October 5, Bismarck on October 19, and Mayville on October 26. All are free but registration required


Find additional PD opportunities through the ND Regional Education Association and National Afterschool Association .
Kristin Knorr
ND Afterschool Network Lead