Tomorrow (10/28)! Lights on Afterschool Celebration and a few out of school time resources
Tomorrow is the 22nd Annual Lights on Afterschool celebration hosted by the Afterschool Alliance. Click here for the zoom registration!
The invitation says:
"Join us for the centerpiece event of the 22nd annual Lights On Afterschool, the nation’s celebration of afterschool programs. U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona will kick off the event with a special message about afterschool programs’ role in supporting students. Then, in a panel moderated by radio personality Ally Lynn, young people from around the country will share their reflections on the role of afterschool programs in their lives before and during the pandemic, their perspectives on what youth need to thrive, and their hopes for the future. A special segment will be devoted to recognizing the powerful role of afterschool program staff and mentors in shaping the lives of young people.
Lights On Afterschool is held each October to shine a light on afterschool programs and the opportunities they provide young people to learn and grow. In a typical year, 8,000+ events draw 1 million Americans. This year, a mix of in-person and virtual activities will take place."
Resources from National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment
"Nearly half of all children supported through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program are of school age (5 through 12 years old). Through the Office of Child Care (OCC), the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) provides training and technical assistance to the state, territory, and Tribal CCDF lead agencies and their designated networks. This support includes developing resources on critical topics in school-age child care, such as mental health, access, and equity.
Supporting and Promoting Mental Health in Out-of-School Time. OST programs are uniquely equipped to support and promote children’s healthy development. This brief explores some of the current mental health needs of school-age children, their families, and those who are part of the OST workforce.
Equity in Action: Tips for School-Age Child Care Providers and Equity in Action: Tips for Parents and Caregivers. These tip sheets guide providers and families in reflecting on their current activities and practices and share ideas for engaging children, families, and staff members in equity and inclusion issues." (ACF OCC Email, 2021)
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation always has wonderful resources for the out of school time programs and professionals. They have assessments, checklists, roadmaps and individual technical assistance for programs and professionals. Learn more here!
All things Afterschool Snack by the Afterschool Alliance: Policy, advocacy and program examples. Check it out here.
Join us on November 12, 2021 for our last member meeting of the year! Register here.
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