March/April 2017 Newsletter
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Change is inevitable... 

It’s been said that the one constant in life is change. We are aware that there’s a lot of positive and negative change occurring in The Afterschool Movement on both a state and national level. However, we must stand united and concerted proclaiming the successes and benefits of afterschool programming to the nearly 2 million children and families who receive services throughout this country. Here’s what we know:

  • In New York, 20% (584,597) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all New York children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 49% (1,151,361) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community. 
  • 91% of parents in New York are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 21% (632,076) of New York's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 84,545 kids in programs supported by the U.S. Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) initiative, the only federal program dedicated to afterschool.

This March/April newsletter is filled with relevant information and resources that will be beneficial to you and your programs. As the 21st CCLC Rest of State Technical Assistance Resource Center we reaffirm our commitment to each of you in the provision of professional development and technical assistance.  We are here for YOU! Thank you for your commitment to afterschool programming. Change IS inevitable however, the passion and commitment you give to your participants and their families is constant because it stems from your heart.

*Data supplied by the Afterschool Alliance

Schenectady City School's 21st CCLC Program was featured in The Daily Gazette earlier this month.  Big shout out to Simone Miranda!!  Thanks for sharing this with us and congrats on the great press for your program.  Here's a link to the article.    

Afterschool Alliance has a Pinterest Board dedicated to providing ideas for securing additional funding for your program.  

They have a variety of boards with ideas that would serve your program well.  Take a look if you get a chance.  
Resources (links):

Here's a link to a living document full of resources that is changing all the time.  If you find a resource that is not already included, please send it to
Introduction to Social Media:

Here are two basic documents that might prove helpful to those of you interested in beginning a foray into marketing your programs through social media.  There is an infographic for those of us who are visual learners and a text document from Afterschool Alliance that is a bit more in-depth.  I hope you find them useful!
Educating the Whole Child:  

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's (ASCD) Commision on the Whole Child developed this report.  This document provides some great suggestions on how to work with schools, families and communities to educate the whole child.  

Download the document here.  
NYSED Reminders:  

Here is the PowerPoint Presentation that was shared at The Afterschool Experience Symposium in January.  It contains some information about closing out your program for round six. More information about these procedures will be discussed at our meeting in Albany, June 1-2, 2017.  
NYS 21st CCLC Attendance Data:

Linked here you will find the Attendance Analysis Presentation that was shared by Research Works, Inc. at our January Symposium.  
Global Ed./Know My World:  

From the website:  GlobalEd TV is a free, inclusive, and comprehensive webinar series which spotlights theories and best practices related to multiculturalism in schools and organizations all over the world.  

This 5 part series is hosted monthly by the Global Education Conference Network, The Learning Revolution and Know My World, and is designed to inform educators, students, and parents about the role of cultural and global competence in education.  
Teaching Multicultural Students:

Here's a resource that is full of tips and expert advice on making classrooms more inclusive.  It's a quick reference for people involved in all aspects of education.  

In addition, this link provides resources specifically for teachers and has a section that provides ideas to promote inclusion.  
Free Federal Books/Reports: 

The National Academies Press offers many of their texts as free downloads.  Some of the relevant titles available are found by searching the term "afterschool."
  • Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice (2016)
  • Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings (2015)
  • Communities in Action:  Pathways to Health Equity (2017)
And many, many more...  
 Food & Nutrition:

The New York State Network for Youth Success presented a webinar for Afterschool programs to keep staff apprised of updates to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Meal Requirements.  If you missed it (because it took place on the same day as our Symposium in Albany), catch up with their recorded webinar.  
Act for Youth:  
From the website:  the Positive Youth Development 101 curriculum offers an orientation to the youth development approach for professionals new to the field of youth work. Use this free curriculum to provide professional development to new youth workers, supervisors and administrators, funders, and community volunteers.
April is National Autism Awareness Month:

We probably all know and love someone who has received an autism diagnosis.  The National Autism Society works to promote Autism Awareness and Acceptance.  
Here's a link to some resources developed by You for Youth to better help us serve all students with equity.  
Free STEM Training:  

New York Power Authority is offering the K-Solar Education Program PD Training for:  
Elementary Teachers (4/11/17) and
Secondary Teachers (4/12/17).  

Click the appropriate link for the registration form.  It will be offered upstate in Blenheim, NY.  
Kindness Matters:  

April 28, 2017 is the annual Pay it Forward Day (check out their video here).  Although we know that kindness should be shown each and every day.  From the website:  ‘Pay it Forward Day’ is a wonderful school and university initiative. It teaches a very powerful lesson:  There is tremendous power and positive energy in giving – a lesson that not enough children learn while at school and university.  You can download the resource kit here.  
Upcoming Events:  

NY's STEAM Girl's Collaborative is hosting a Collaborative Conference on June 3, 2017 in Schenectady, NY.   

Send an e-mail to for more information.  
Continue to send photos of your program to the
resource center (  

Thank You!
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