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Weekly Media Roundup: August 26, 2020

Where Atlanta Parents Turn When Children Can’t Do Online School at Home, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia) Afterschool providers throughout Atlanta, Georgia are stepping up to provide safe, supportive environments for students to do distance learning while their parents are...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/26/20

Weekly Media Roundup: August 19, 2020

After-School Programs Adjusting to COVID-19 Challenges, Live 5 News (South Carolina) Several organizations in Charleston, South Carolina are finding creative ways to support students as the start of a new school year approaches. For example, the Metanoia Youth Leadership Academy will offer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/19/20

Weekly Media Roundup: August 12, 2020

Safe Spaces: Back-To-School Options For Cleveland's Working Parents, Idea Stream (Ohio) This fall, when Cleveland schools open remotely, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio is planning to serve more than 500 students with enriching all-day, in-person programming. To do so, the Club...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/12/20

Weekly Media Roundup, August 5, 2020

The After School All Stars Program Provides Support for Both Students and Parents, WSFL-TV (Florida) When schools closed due the pandemic, After School All Stars (ASAS) quickly found ways to support students and families remotely, first with a virtual afterschool program and then with a virtual...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/05/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 29, 2020

Prime Time Palm Beach Continues Programs, Lake Okeechobee News (Florida) When schools closed due to the pandemic, Prime Time Palm Beach County quickly created an online library where families could choose from more than 2,000 learning activities designed to help students discover new interests...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/29/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 22, 2020

ACPS’s Summer Learning Classes Aid Coronavirus Learning Slump, Local DVM (Virginia) This summer, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) in Virginia are offering free virtual summer learning classes to all students to keep them engaged, academically enriched, and connected to one another....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/22/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 15, 2020

Hoops and Homework Centers in Framingham Reopen with ‘Super Duper Excited’ Students, Metrowest Daily News (Massachusetts) When schools and programs closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hoops and Homework afterschool program quickly pivoted to supporting students through...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/15/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 8, 2020

Boys & Girls Club Delivers Camp For Kids, New Haven Independent (Connecticut) This week, about 60 students ages five to 14 started a six-week summer learning camp at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven in Connecticut. Students are divided into small pods, wearing masks and practicing...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/08/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 1, 2020

Learning Center to Have At-Home Learning Sessions, Meadeville Tribune (Pennsylvania) Each Monday through Thursday in July, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mentoring Program in Meadeville, Pennsylvania will hold interactive, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lessons online....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/01/20

Weekly Media Roundup: June 24, 2020

JCPS' New Summer School Program Offers Virtual Adventures, Big-Ticket Prizes, Courier Journal (Kentucky) Through the Jefferson County Public Schools’ online “Summer League” program, students in Louisville, Kentucky can explore new interests and keep their academic skills...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/24/20

Nine key principles for reopening schools and helping students recover from COVID-19

As we move through the pandemic and toward recovery from COVID-19, there is a growing recognition that expanded learning programs, including afterschool and summer programs, are more essential than ever. As parents begin to return to workplaces and school districts nationwide consider different...

BY: Jen Rinehart      08/24/20

New toolkit helps OST educators make the case to leverage OST assets in school district reopening plans

By the Michigan After-School Partnership. This blog post was originally published on the MASP's blog and has been reposted with permission. MASP’s new toolkit is filled with advice, sample letters, online resources and talking points for addressing school district decision-makers about...

BY: Guest Blogger      08/21/20

Help us tell the story of afterschool AND win a chance at a cash prize

We need your help to keep the drumbeat going on the ways in which COVID-19 is impacting afterschool and summer programs and the young people and families who rely on them. By completing this short survey, which should take no more than 10-15 minutes of your time, you are helping to tell your...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      08/20/20

Congress and the next COVID-19 relief bill – where do things stand?

As we move into the second half of August we wanted to give you an update on the status of Covid-19 relief legislation negotiations in Washington, DC. The hope was that by this time, with many school districts starting to return for the new school year, a new COVID-19 relief bill would have already...

BY: Erik Peterson      08/19/20

Important questions on all-day school-age care answered by OCC

Many states, programs, and families can breathe a small sigh of relief this week. With the school year starting up in many parts of the country in virtual and hybrid form, many more working parents are finding a need for school-day care for children and youth when students are not physically in...

BY: Jillian Luchner      08/18/20

Will community-based afterschool programs be able to provide meals to students and families this fall?

Last spring and throughout the summer as communities, schools and afterschool program providers worked to respond to the impact of COVID-19, providing meals to families in need became a critical part of the response. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) timely leadership in allowing...

BY: Erik Peterson      08/13/20

Survey: 70% of programs are still serving kids during COVID

For the past four months, I have heard stories from the field about the hardships afterschool program staff are seeing in their community and the creative ways they have adapted their programming to support the children and families they serve. From adjusting operations to serve children of...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      08/04/20

50+ national groups sign letter urging schools to look to afterschool and community partners in reopening process

This week more than 50 national groups signed a letter to the field urging meaningful inclusion of afterschool and community partners in planning and implementing the 2020-2021 school year for students, families and communities. The signatories, who represent a broad range of community partners,...

BY: Jillian Luchner      08/03/20

New issue brief: How afterschool is supporting learning and recovery during COVID-19

During a media briefing last week, “The School Reopening Dilemma: New Survey Sheds Light on the Role Out-of-School-Time Programs Can Play in Educating Students and Supporting Families This Fall,” it was revealed that 70 percent of afterschool program providers reported serving students...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      07/31/20

5 regional differences when looking at the impact of COVID-19 on afterschool

The significant challenges programs, families, and communities face as a result of the coronavirus is evident. As the situation continues to be in constant flux, the Afterschool Alliance is conducting ongoing surveys to track and monitor the evolving needs of afterschool and summer programs as the...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      07/30/20

Council for a Strong America report depicts state-level campaign to combat childhood obesity

This report was released by Mission: Readiness, one of the five organizations that comprise Council for a Strong America, which aims to strengthen national security by ensuring kids stay in school, stay fit, and stay out of trouble. A recent Council for a Strong America (CSA) Mission:...

BY: Bella DiMarco      08/06/20

Survey: 70% of programs are still serving kids during COVID

For the past four months, I have heard stories from the field about the hardships afterschool program staff are seeing in their community and the creative ways they have adapted their programming to support the children and families they serve. From adjusting operations to serve children of...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      08/04/20

New issue brief: How afterschool is supporting learning and recovery during COVID-19

During a media briefing last week, “The School Reopening Dilemma: New Survey Sheds Light on the Role Out-of-School-Time Programs Can Play in Educating Students and Supporting Families This Fall,” it was revealed that 70 percent of afterschool program providers reported serving students...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      07/31/20

Mitigating ongoing stress of a pandemic: A toolkit for caregivers

By Bre Gentile, Ph.D.  and Molly Peterson, Msc. What do neighborhood scavenger hunts, family meals, talking about your feelings, and eight hours of sleep have in common? They are all ways that caregivers can help their families and young children lessen the impact of stress! Founded by...

BY: Guest Blogger      07/27/20

Program Spotlight: Youth from Sitar Arts Center talk about the impacts of COVID-19

“In this time, Sitar has helped me not lose focus on what my dreams could become.”           –– Cristofer, Age 16.    This blog is written by Eve White, Marketing and Communications Manager...

BY: Guest Blogger      06/17/20

Afterschool supports learning and recover: May 21-28

We know afterschool and summer learning programs support learning and recovery—let's tell the rest of the world, too! From May 21 to 28, we will be highlighting the many ways providers have risen to the moment during the COVID-19 pandemic and their essential role to play supporting youth...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      05/21/20

Afterschool and vaping prevention: Free online resources to help incorporate prevention into your programming

Image by Sarah J. from Pixabay As we navigate new terrain during this year's Mental Health Awareness Month, the COVID-19 pandemic is opening up new conversations about how we can safeguard and strengthen the mental well-being of children, young people, and families. Thoroughout May,...

BY: Erin Hegarty      05/19/20

Congress nears passage on third Coronavirus response legislation

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Congress has debated and passed multiple pieces of legislation meant to address the immediate and urgent needs of citizens, first responders and healthcare professionals, employers and others. As the pandemic stretches into its second week of widespread...

BY: Erik Peterson      03/26/20

Trump administration hosts call with nonprofit leaders amid pandemic

By Della Cronin, principal of the Bose Public Affairs Group. On Wednesday, over 150 nonprofit leaders, including Afterschool Alliance executive director Jodi Grant, joined a call hosted by the White House to hear from President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Surgeon General Jerome...

BY: Guest Blogger      03/25/20

State flexibility supports 21st CCLC ability to adapt to COVID Emergency

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash. As governors, state agencies, and school districts across the U.S. grapple with school closure decisions, the afterschool programs that provide out-of-school time academic support and the child care working parents need are also finding their...

BY: Jillian Luchner      03/24/20

New Education Innovation and Research competition prioritizes STEM and computer science in latest call for proposals

On July 29, The United States Department of Education released the call for proposals for the FY2020 round of early and mid-phase EIR grants. The EIR competition provides funding to “create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated...

BY: Chris Neitzey      08/11/20

NASA opens call for proposals for informal STEM education

Inspire, engage, educate, and employ the next generation of explorers through NASA's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics learning opportunities! If you’re still conducting STEM learning under extraordinary circumstances, NASA wants to hear from your out-of-school time...

BY: Nicole Pettenati      07/21/20

Views from VISTAs: Updates from June 2020

AmeriCorps’ Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) work to alleviate poverty by providing indirect service to their communities. Our afterschool VISTAs and the work they do are essential to the expansion of afterschool access for the children who need it most, especially in the fields...

BY: Marisa Paipongna      07/02/20

New report shows severe loss of capacity for outdoor and environmental science education

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders have stressed the opportunity for families to get outside and learn more about their natural surroundings. The opportunities to observe migratory patterns of birds, grow fruits and vegetables at home or in community gardens, and simply learn more about the...

BY: Chris Neitzey      06/12/20

Making masks and feeding kids: How Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg, WV is responding to COVID-19

The staff at the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg, West Virginia, are continuing to provide essential support to children, families, and communities across their city in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Many families in Parkersburg who struggled even before the pandemic are facing a new...

BY: Ursula Helminski      04/28/20

Program spotlight: After-School All-Stars standing with students and working families

“This crisis has changed many things about what our daily lives look like as program providers but one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to implementing creative, collaborative ways to serve our students and families. Right now, we are doing everything we can to slow the...

BY: Ursula Helminski      04/16/20

Guest blog: Digital ways to advocate for your youth on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day

Photo by Matthew Smith on Unsplash By Rachel Weisbrot, education associate for Earth Day Network. Earth Day Network is a non-profit organization whose mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. The first Earth Day in 1970 brought 20...

BY: Guest Blogger      04/14/20

Bringing STEM learning home during social distancing

These are difficult times for so many of our young people and their families. With school closures impacting families across the country, and extracurricular activities put on hold, finding ways for students to stay busy and engaged is likely at the top of mind for parents and guardians....

BY: Chris Neitzey      03/19/20

FY21 budget request looks familiar when it comes to STEM education

It’s been over a year since the Trump administration released their five-year STEM Education strategy, and in that time, appropriations for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education programs at the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, NASA, and other...

BY: Chris Neitzey      02/27/20

State of STEM learning in Congress and the White House

Rural STEM Education Act introduced in House   A new bill, H.R. 4979 - Rural STEM Education Act, was introduced in the House on November 5 to address the lack of STEM education opportunities for students in rural areas. The bipartisan legislation, introduced by Rep. Lucas (R-Okla.) and...

BY: Chris Neitzey      11/15/19

Congress and the next COVID-19 relief bill – where do things stand?

As we move into the second half of August we wanted to give you an update on the status of Covid-19 relief legislation negotiations in Washington, DC. The hope was that by this time, with many school districts starting to return for the new school year, a new COVID-19 relief bill would have already...

BY: Erik Peterson      08/19/20

Senate Leadership releases HEALS Act COVID-19 relief bill, includes support for education, child care

After a week long delay, Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) announced the latest proposed Covid-19 relief bill – the Heals Act - on Monday afternoon, July 27.  According to the announcement,  the HEALS Actaddresses three critical crises facing the country: getting kids back to...

BY: Erik Peterson      07/28/20

New Senate bill tackles education and child care needs resulting from COVID-19

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb along with unemployment claims, pressure has continued to build for the Senate to take up another COVID-19 relief and response bill.  Last week, the White House and the Secretary of Education mounted a public relations campaign calling for all...

BY: Erik Peterson      07/14/20

FY21 Appropriations process kicks off in the House

This week the House of Representatives officially began the FY 2021 appropriations process with multiple subcommittee mark-ups. On the evening of July 7 the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS-ED) and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its FY 2021 spending...

BY: Erik Peterson      07/08/20

Bipartisan CORPS Act introduced in Senate

Last week, a bi-partisan group of senators, led by Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced legislation to strengthen national service opportunities, particularly in responding to COVID-19. The Cultivating Opportunity and Response to the Pandemic through Service (CORPS) Act includes several...

BY: Alexis Steines      06/29/20

House and Senate Education Committee hearings tackle challenges of funding, reopening

In the past several days both the Senate HELP Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee held hearing on the upcoming challenges facing the nation’s schools, specifically the pandemic related reopening of schools next fall and associated funding challenges. On June 10, the...

BY: Erik Peterson      06/22/20

Virtual Hill Briefing recap: Afterschool and Summer Programs Support Learning and Recovery

On May 26, the Afterschool Alliance hosted our first ever virtual Capitol Hill briefing for congressional staff and afterschool stakeholders. Afterschool and Summer Programs Support Learning and Recovery focused on the role of afterschool programs in COVID-19 recovery and featured perspectives from...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      05/27/20

HR 266 signed into law; additional Paycheck Protection Program funds are now available

On April 24, following passage by the Senate and House earlier last week, the President signed into law HR 266 - the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (also known as CARES Act 2.0 or as COVID19 stimulus package 3.5). The $480 million legislation focuses primarily on...

BY: Erik Peterson      04/27/20

How federal legislation can help non-profits support employees during COVID emergency

The recent legislation known as the CARES Act provided a third emergency supplemental of funding and included direct help to people and businesses on the ground suffering the economic impacts of the pandemic. We have seen a number of great resources from organizations to help beneficiaries...

BY: Jillian Luchner      04/01/20

Virtual advocacy day earns results for afterschool

On March 17 and 18, dedicated afterschool advocates from 48 states participated in our first all-virtual Afterschool for All Challenge. For many, their advocacy efforts took place amidst the first week of school (and often afterschool) closures in their states. Afterschool advocates were eager to...

BY: Jen Rinehart      03/31/20

New toolkit helps OST educators make the case to leverage OST assets in school district reopening plans

By the Michigan After-School Partnership. This blog post was originally published on the MASP's blog and has been reposted with permission. MASP’s new toolkit is filled with advice, sample letters, online resources and talking points for addressing school district decision-makers about...

BY: Guest Blogger      08/21/20

Dear Beautiful Black Boy, Dear World

Photo taken by Seneca Wells, Life Pieces To Masterpieces By Life Pieces To Masterpieces. Life Pieces To Masterpieces uses artistic expression to develop character and leadership, unlock potential, and prepare African American boys and young men to transform their lives and communities....

BY: Guest Blogger      08/14/20

50+ national groups sign letter urging schools to look to afterschool and community partners in reopening process

This week more than 50 national groups signed a letter to the field urging meaningful inclusion of afterschool and community partners in planning and implementing the 2020-2021 school year for students, families and communities. The signatories, who represent a broad range of community partners,...

BY: Jillian Luchner      08/03/20

Afterschool Alliance releases blueprint for how afterschool programs & community partners can assist as schools reopen

From the White House to governors' mansions, there is currently a lot of discussion occurring about how and when schools should reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. That conversation ultimately will need to happen in the local communities of about 13,500 school districts nationwide, and each...

BY: Jodi Grant      07/14/20

$1.35M for middle school out-of-school time programs

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the New York Life Foundation’s 2020 Aim High grant competition, representing a $1,350,000 investment in middle school out-of-school time (OST) programs serving disadvantaged youth in communities across the nation. The Aim High initiative is part...

BY: Dan Gilbert      06/30/20

Racial equity & anti-bias tools for OST programs & youth workers

Today we are sharing a number of resources for youth workers and out-of-school time programs to support racial equity, build cultural competence, and assess and address bias. Several of these resources also include practical tips and tools for involving youth in social justice. We will publish a...

BY: Ursula Helminski      06/05/20

Tools to Build On: Resources and guides for parents and educators

In 2017, the Afterschool Alliance created a suite of webinars, strategy guides, and resource lists to understand and address hate and bias. This campaign, “Tools to Build On: Creating constructive climates in out-of-school time,” is a hub of information and assets to help parents and...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      06/03/20

National Town Hall recap: Afterschool and Summer Programs Support Learning and Recovery

On May 28, the Afterschool Alliance hosted our first-ever National Town Hall, culminating a week of activity focused on celebrating programs’ efforts to support youth and families, and the critical role of afterschool and summer programs for recovery. We were proud to partner with leaders...

BY: Jodi Grant      06/01/20

YMCA of Silicon Valley works with partners to provide pop-up day camps

YMCA of Silicon Valley, California, is providing an essential service in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis: allowing many parents to keep going to work. Across the region, the centers normally serve more than 8,000 students per day for afterschool programs and 22,000 for summer camp. Staff offer...

BY: Ursula Helminski      05/19/20

Discovery Ed: App for kids to measure social distance, learning resources for parents and educators

Discovery Education has created a free app that helps children understand social distancing. The app allows users to point a device at another person or object and see if it is an appropriate social distance. The app, called Social Distancing Training, helps young people grasp the abstract concept...

BY: Ursula Helminski      05/11/20

Enter the 2020 Lights On Afterschool Poster Contest: $500 grand prize!

We’re bringing back the Lights On Afterschool poster contest! Grab your markers and sketchbooks, your digital art pads and pens: the afterschool artist who creates the winning masterpiece will take home $500 for their afterschool program! As always, the winning artwork will be printed on...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      02/07/20

From New York to San Francisco, America’s landmarks shined for Lights On Afterschool

Hernando De Soto Gateway to Memphis Bridge in Memphis, TN. Courtesy of Mary Graham. Last Thursday, as America celebrated Lights On Afterschool for the 20th consecutive year, landmarks across the country lit up in yellow and blue to support the afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/28/19

20th Lights On Afterschool: 1 million people, 10,000 events, 1,000s of lightings and billboards

For the 20th Lights On Afterschool, afterschool programs, supporters, and youth took the nation’s only rally for afterschool to new heights. More than 1 million students, parents, educators, business and faith leaders, policy makers, community members, and more gathered at schools, parks,...

BY: Ursula Helminski      10/25/19

It's finally here: The bright, brilliant, record-breaking 20th Lights On Afterschool!

The lights will be on for afterschool programs today as students, parents, educators, business and faith leaders, policy makers, community members and others come to schools, parks, campuses, state capitols, city halls, museums, malls, and other venues to show their support for afterschool...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      10/24/19

Lights On Afterschool events showcase healthy eating, stress management & active lifestyles

Afterschool programs are key players in ensuring children’s well-being, addressing challenges such as hunger and food insecurity, managing stress, encouraging physical activity, and avoiding alcohol and drugs. Many Lights On Afterschool events this year are showcasing how afterschool programs...

BY: Lisa Lederer      10/22/19

New sample materials for Lights On Afterschool

There are just three more days until the 20th Lights On Afterschool, and we've got a few final updates for your celebration!  We've updated our news release, detailing some of the amazing events happening this year and the new report from Fight Crime: Invest In...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      10/21/19

10 bright ideas for a fun, easy Lights On event

The 20th Lights On Afterschool is only a few days away! There's still time to plan an amazing event, or to add another dimension to your plans for October 24. Visit our Last-Minute Ideas page to find easy, fun ways to celebrate. Here are a few examples to spark your...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      10/18/19

Reach out now to generate coverage of your Lights On Afterschool event!

For most afterschool programs, and for the afterschool field overall, Lights On Afterschool is the most visible time of the year. It’s a time when we use social and mainstream media to share the wonderful, fun, educational activities afterschool programs offer and the many ways they support...

BY: Lisa Lederer      10/15/19

City leaders & education advocates light up billboards nationwide for the 20th Lights On Afterschool

Adapted from a recent press release. Big, bright news for the 20th Lights On Afterschool! In partnership with the Afterschool Alliance, the National League of Cities, and the National Summer Learning Association—a coalition of afterschool supporters—joined with Clear Channel Outdoor...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      10/14/19

We challenge you: Raise your arms for afterschool!

We're just two weeks away from the 20th Lights On Afterschool. Join us in celebrating afterschool and summer learning programs that make a huge difference in the lives of our kids with the 3rd annual Lightbulb Challenge! Every year, we challenge friends of afterschool across the country to...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      10/10/19