July 19, 2023
This is your weekly newsletter featuring program spotlights, innovative resources, and training opportunities for the out-of-school-time industry in Florida. Together, we can ensure all children and youth in Florida have access to affordable, available, high-quality expanded learning opportunities to foster their success in school and beyond.
Hats off to the Children's Trust of Mimi-Dade County for their $76.5 million investment in afterschool and summer learning programs.
Summertime in the city thanks to TCT Miami.

From robotics, coding, electric skateboards to art museum field trips, Seeking Education Empowers Knowledge (S.E.E.K.) Foundation Founder Anike Sakariyawo and her staff are going above and beyond to ensure a

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Tips for parents on how to avoid the 'Summer Slide'

WPBF 25 News is sharing tips on how parents can prevent learning loss for their kids over the summer.

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GEARUP Students of Jacksonville Participate in Digital...

This summer's experiences will be remembered by over 100 youth and teens from across Jacksonville that are participating in the GEARUP Summer STEAM + M Business and Technology Camp provided to prepare youth and teens [...]

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After-school program transportation vanishes in Lee County

Lee County will not take your kids to their after-school programs in the upcoming school year. Lee County parents are finding out their kids will no longer be bussed to off-campus locations, and neither they nor their kids are not happy about it.

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Throw back: Aspiration Academy, a place for children to ...

Aspiration Academy, an afterschool program created by Bob Barnes, started this January at University Park Elementary School.

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FL Ed leaders consider restrictions to after school ...

The proposed rule would not just notify parents, but require parent to sign off permission for their student to attend an after school event.

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Walt Disney World robotics center opens with Boys &...

Students came up with the name "Rock Star Robotics Center."

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Grade Level Reading Week 2023 (Happening Now!)

We invite you to join the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for a week-long (July 17-21) series of virtual events that will spotlight how dozens of states are working to advance early school success and accelerate equitable learning recovery....

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Nominations Due July 31: Christopher Stallworth Award 2023

Attention Educators! Know a high school student who exemplifies entrepreneurial tenacity? Nominate them for the Christopher Stallworth Award 2023. Recognize their persistence and grit and give them a chance to win $1,000!

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Philanthropic Agenda - MENTOR

To help answer this question, MENTOR looked directly to the leaders who work with young people every day. We wanted to understand the needs and barriers they face in their mission to connect young people with mentors and caring adults and help...

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Why Women In STEM Are the Role Models We Need

By Nicole Small Role models give us a sense of direction. When it comes to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), women role models in these fields help kids imagine what is possible.

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Registration is Officially Open | Florida Afterschool...

Get your professional development needs met this October in Orlando! NAVIGATING THE FUTURE The role of after school and expanded learning is changing in Florida. Join us this October to learn how you

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Harnessing the Magic of Math
Join "Scientific Adventures for Girls" for a dynamic three-part virtual training series designed to breathe life into math through games, through meaningful, kid-friendly data analysis, and nature exploration. Our sessions focus on strategies that accommodate multiple grade levels and ability levels, helping you meet each student where they are. Prepare to turn your after-school program into a vibrant and engaging mathematical journey!

October 3rd 12:00-1:00PM EST / 9:00-10:00AM PST 
Delve into the world where play meets mathematics. In this session, we'll explore how common game pieces, such as dominoes and dice, can be transformed into effective math teaching and exploration tools. You'll learn strategies for presenting math concepts in a playful, engaging manner, catering to different grade levels and ability levels. We'll discuss how games can enhance critical thinking, problem-solving, and cooperative learning among students.

October 10th 12:00-1:00PM EST / 9:00-10:00AM PST 
In our second session, we'll focus on strategies to collect and analyze data in fun and meaningful ways. From measuring the bounce of different balls and exploring exponential decay by eating M&M’s, we'll demonstrate how students can become active participants in the world of gathering and interpreting data.
Session 3: Nature’s Numbers: Exploring Shapes & Patterns

In our final session, we will explore the geometric patterns and three-dimensional shapes that exist in the natural world, demonstrating how these can be used to enrich math learning. This session will equip you with strategies to engage all students, from the youngest to the oldest, and from beginner to advanced levels.
Training Cohort: Elevating Youth Voice and Choice
How often do youth in your program get to choose what they’re investigating or designing, the materials they might use, and/or how they engage with the work? In this module, participants try out strategies for elevating youth voice and choice and apply the ideas as they redesign a STEM activity to incorporate a greater variety of youth input. Use the link below to register!

Become a Children's Week Partner Today!

Have you heard the good news? The 29th Annual Children's Week Florida™ is coming to the State Capitol January 14-19, 2024, and we want you to be a part of the largest event in the state that celebra

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