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Weekly Media Roundup: February 3, 2021

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Weekly Media Roundup: February 3, 2021

Thousands of Dallas Children Are in Need of After-School Care, Survey Finds, The Dallas Morning News (Texas)

The America After 3PM survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that more than 101,000 children in Dallas, Texas aren’t in afterschool programs, but would be if a program were available to them. Parents cited cost, availability, and lack of transportation as primary barriers to enrolling their children in programs. The lack of afterschool programs makes it harder for parents to work, and it means students miss out on opportunities to connect with mentors, get academic support and explore their interests. Up to $30 million in public investment is needed meet the demand for afterschool in Dallas. Christina Hanger, CEO of Dallas Afterschool, told the Dallas Morning News, “That is a big, big number. But the benefits of that number — of families being able to work; of children getting academic help; of children being able to develop relationships with caring adults … when you think about kids not being able to read and dropping out of school or things like that — it’s not a lot of money.”

Educators Putting Emphasis on Social-Emotional Skills as Students Navigate Virtual Learning, KCRG (Iowa)

Through discussions, crafts, and hands-on activities, students in the afterschool program at the Jane Boyd Community House in Cedar Rapids, Iowa are learning to cope with stress and manage their emotions. The program has placed an emphasis on social and emotional learning in addition to academic support to help students weather the challenges of the pandemic. “Social-emotional learning [has] been a challenge because kids [during] the pandemic are far more isolated from their friends, and from their peers,” Director Megan Isenberg told KCRG.

Program Gives Children a Break From Schoolwork, Chino Champion (California)

Each day after school, more than 75 students in Chino, California log on to the free SOAR afterschool program, which is delivering programming virtually during the pandemic. In the program, students hear from guest speakers such as police officers and fire fighters, take virtual field trips to local businesses, do crafts, engage in physical activity, and more.  “With kids isolated on their computer for school all day, they are excited to talk,” Community Services Specialist Justin Leininger told the Chino Champion.

Student-Focused Business Incubator Plans Expansion After Remote Pivot, BostInno (Massachusetts)

In The Possible Project’s (TPP) afterschool program, high school students in Cambridge, Massachusetts work with educators and entrepreneurs to design products and launch their own businesses. When the pandemic hit and in-person programming paused, the program pivoted quickly, creating an online curriculum, distributing Chromebooks to students, and providing stipends for healthy snacks. “We are thinking creatively about online learning,” Chief External Affairs Officer Jake Murray told BostInno. “It isn’t just throwing up a PowerPoint. There's all kinds of ways you need to think about the experience and how to engage students.” Now in its 10th year, the program is planning to expand to Boston and incorporate science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) workshops into its programming.

Weekly Media Roundup: February 24, 2021

Community Stepped Up When the Going Got Tough, Sandusky Register (Ohio) When the pandemic hit, the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio immediately got to work to ensure students’ academic, physical and emotional needs were met. The Club partnered with Sandusky City Schools to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/24/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 17, 2021

Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Unified School District Present Encore of BRAVO! Program, Noozhawk (California) Through an ongoing collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has continued to provide a free afterschool program to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/17/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 10, 2021

A New Mural Was Created By Children And Artist At Reddick Elementary School In Wimauma, Osprey Observer (Florida) Students from migrant families in the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida spent four weeks creating a mural promoting kindness at a nearby...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/10/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 3, 2021

Thousands of Dallas Children Are in Need of After-School Care, Survey Finds, The Dallas Morning News (Texas) The America After 3PM survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that more than 101,000 children in Dallas, Texas aren’t in afterschool programs, but would be if a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/03/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 27, 2021

MSCR Cares Program at Henderson Elementary Supports Students Indoors and Out, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin) At Madison School and Community Recreation Cares sites in Madison, Wisconsin, about 650 elementary students spend their mornings doing remote learning with the support of trained...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/27/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 19, 2021

More Than Just an Afterschool Program: Española Nonprofit Plans for Expansion, KRQE (New Mexico) Thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from the Thoma Art Foundation, Moving Arts Española   will soon open a teen center where middle and high school students can access career...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/19/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 13, 2020

YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts) To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/13/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 6, 2020

Girls Inc. Takes Creative Approach to Programming During COVID-19, The Daily Times (Tennessee) At the in-person and virtual afterschool programs run by Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, about 200 girls explore engineering, science, and agriculture, reflect on song lyrics, journal, learn about...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/06/21

Weekly Media Roundup: December 23, 2020

Lack Of Afterschool Program Access In Indiana Could Impact Education, Economic Recovery, WBAA (Georgia) A recent household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM, found that more than 400,000 children in Indiana cannot access the afterschool programs they need....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/23/20

Weekly Media Roundup: December 16, 2020

Column: Hawaii Behind on Afterschool Programs, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii) Although data from the household survey America After 3 PM showed Hawaii was a national leader in afterschool participation in 2009, the 2020 America After 3 PM report shows unmet demand for afterschool has...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/16/20