The Afterschool Advisor is now mobile-friendly! Also check out a few opportunities to enter to win great prizes from the Iowa Afterschool Alliance throughout this edition.
The Afterschool Advisor
The Iowa Afterschool Alliance is Now MOBILE
We realize you are always on the go, so that's why the IAA has made it EASIER than ever to access our website and communications from your smartphone and tablet! 

This new Afterschool Advisor format is easier to read on mobile devices. We've also invested in a mobile interface for our website, Check it out on your phone or tablet to see for yourself!

We hope this makes it easier to access our resources at any time or place because we know that it's just not realistic to expect we're at our desks all the time. Please give us feedback on these new options! Email Seygbai Kai at with your feedback.  
Enter Today for Chance to Win a $400 Amazon Gift Card

The IAA has teamed up with the Afterschool Alliance to find out the specific needs of rural programming. Complete this short 10-minute survey to enter into a drawing for a $400 Amazon gift card. The IAA has doubled your chances of winning by adding an additional gift card. Hurry, the survey closes Wednesday, July 22 at 11:59p.m.!
Incorporate Exercise into Summer Programming
An initiative called The Walking Classroom gets kids active while learning both in and out of summer programming. Students begin the program by taking a brisk 20-minute walk while listening to custom-written, kid-friendly content on varying topics such as social studies and science. The podcasts are appropriate for fourth graders and up. To read the entire article on "The Walking Classroom" visit the National Afterschool Association.


For even more ideas on physical activity visit the Jump Bunch website! 

Support for Summer Learning Increases
The Afterschool Alliance  recently released an info-graphic detailing the growing demand for summer learning programs. From 2008 to 2013, there was an 8% increase in families with a child in a summer learning program. Some other highlights include the following statistics:
  • 51% of families want their children enrolled in a summer program
  • 73% of parents agree that summer activities that help children maintain academic skills are important
  • 86% of parents support public funding for summer learning programs
Senate Passes Education Reauthorization - Including 21st Century Community Learning Centers!!
From the Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Snack Blog: "For the first time since 2001, the U.S. Senate passed a federal K-12 education bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), approving the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177) by a vote of 81 to 17 and sending a message that No Child Left Behind should be replaced.

The legislation passed with strong bipartisan language reauthorizing and strengthening the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative which supports local school-community partnerships that provide effective before-school, afterschool and summer learning programs to more than 1.6 million students in all 50 states."

Continue to follow this legislation on the Afterschool Snack Blog from the Afterschool Alliance.  
Get on the Map by August 14 for Chance to Win an iPad and $50 iTunes Gift Card
The IAA continues to build Iowa's database of afterschool and summer programming through the Iowa Afterschool Opportunities Directory. We rely on programs to input their own program data and keep it current. We're seeking more programs to input their data, so we're offering another chance to win an iPad and iTunes gift card. Enter your program into the Directory by August 14th for your chance to win!
Community Champion Spotlight: CultureALL
On July 16th, Iowa Afterschool Alliance attended Culture Day at Goodrell Middle School in Des Moines. The IAA had the opportunity to meet staff and participate in cultural learning activities with other 21CCLC sites.  

Staff pictured above from Left to Right: Cheryl Kirpalani, Program Coordinator, Mamta Israni, Program Director & Educator, and Sandi Yoder,Program Staff 
Since 2005, Sherry Gupta, Founder and Executive Director of  CultureALL, has been bringing the world to Iowa through authentic, hands-on, multi-cultural experiences. Gupta shares her passion for culture by promoting classroom experiences with cultural ambassadors.  

We're Looking for Others to Highlight!  
If you know a program, staff member or volunteer who is making an impact in the out-of-school time community,we are currently taking nominations!
Professional Development Opportunities
The Iowa Afterschool Alliance keeps a calendar of opportunities regularly updated on our website at 

Determining Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Rights and Services
Dates:July 27, 2015 & August 13, 2015 12:00-2:15 CST
In this interactive webinar, the staff at National Center for Homeless Education will discuss the McKinney-Vento definition of homeless, including categories such as doubled-up, awaiting foster care placement, unaccompanied youth, and substandard housing. Presenters also will recommend guiding principles to use when determining McKinney-Vento eligibility. Participants will be invited to discuss scenarios to apply the knowledge presented during the webinar. 
Iowa DHS Child Care Registry Opportunities

Mentoring Methods 

Dates: On-going Self-Study Online Class
Mentoring is a powerful and popular way for people to learn a variety of personal and professional skills. Learn more about the process and how to be an effective mentor. Find MANY more opportunities for staff development on the Iowa DHS Child Care Provider Training Registry! 
Becoming Part of a Professional Team
Dates: Self-Study
This training is designed for both providers who are starting a new job and/or entering the child care field. Participants will learn the importance of professional behavior on the job and how to develop positive relationships with co-workers.

Understanding Each Other: Communicating with Families, Staff and Your Community
Dates: On-going, Self-Study Online Class
This course will help you to improve your verbal, written, and nonverbal language skills to ensure effective and positive communication with families, staff, and the community. 

STEM Best-STEM RLE Proposal Webinar
Dates: July 22, 2015 12:00pm  to 1:00pm 
This webinar with provide a virtual Q&A session for those interested in developing a STEM BEST or STEM RLE model in Iowa based on the request for proposals. 

Blank Park Zoo Patterns in Nature: Workshop times are 8am to 5pm each day  
Dates:July 22 & 23, 2015 - Swan Lake State Park, Carroll, IA
August 5 & 6, 2015 - Water's Edge Nature Center, Algona, IA 
This course will explore patterns in nature using science, mathematics, art, and literature.  Participants will gain knowledge about camouflage, biomimicry, aposematism, fractals, Fibonacci, and sound and movement patterns in plant and animal populations.

Summer Changes Everything Conference

Save the date for the 2015 Summer Changes Everything national conference on summer learning in Baltimore, Maryland, October 12-14!


Dimensions of Success STEM Observer Training

Available once monthly; The IAA is seeking individuals across the state who are interested in observing afterschool STEM programs using the DoS tool. To ensure tool validity, observers must participate in a two-day online training via webinar. Thanks to funding from the Noyce Foundation, this training is provided at no charge. 

Dates are as listed:

  • July 15-16, 10am to 4pm EST; Registration Deadline: June 28
  • September 22-23 from 10am-4pm EST; Registration Deadline: September 5

If you are interested in becoming a DoS observer, please contact Indira at to register!

New Literacy Content on Y4Y!
You 4 Youth is a free online professional development site that is designed to support 21st CCLC program staff, but is a valuable tool for any afterschool professional looking to build their skills! Recently, Y4Y has rolled out a whole module on literacy.
Grant Opportunities 
Support for Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)
Deadline: August 28th
The purpose of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 is to improve the academic and technical skills of secondary (7-12) and post-secondary students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs.  
U.S. Department of Education Announces New 'Skills for Success' Grant Competition
Deadline: July 29th
The U.S. Department of Education announced a new grant competition to support the social and emotional development of middle-school students called Skills for Success. This competition will award $2 million nationally this year to help educators develop students' resilience, growth mindsets and other essential skills for academic success. These projects will help identify effective approaches that can be replicated in middle schools across the country.

Reiman Foundation Grants

Deadline: Rolling 

The Reiman Foundation focuses its giving in four main areas: Health Care, Education, The Arts & Children. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.


Proposal Writing Short Course 

Self-paced Learning

In this course you will learn: 

  • How the proposal fits into the overall grant seeking process 
  •  What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation
  • Tips for making each section of your proposal stronger
  • What funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments

To view more on proposal writing click here!

Target Field Trip Grants 

Deadline: September 30, 2015

Would you like to take your students on a field trip next year, but the challenge is funding is holding you back? Consider applying for a Target grant
for class field trips. Each year, Target supports teachers across the country, providing small, one-time grants to help fund the out-of-class learning experiences. Interested grant seekers can apply online and view local learning field trips that have been funded.

American Family Insurance Corporate Giving and Sponsorship 

Deadline: Open
American Family Insurance protects dreams by helping strengthen and support individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities. They also sponsor events and activities that build stronger ties with customers through memorable, beneficial experiences.

Find educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Edutopia has tools you can use today!

Iowa Grants Guide Online

The Iowa Grants Guide is a web-based directory of Iowa grant-making organizations. Program information only is provided; grant applications are not. Federal Funds Search Engine

Click here  to search federal grant opportunities with a tool that lets you filter results by topic, such as Afterschool, Positive Youth Development, or Service Learning.  


Spark Grant Finder Tool

This online tool locates national and state-specific grants for physical education, afterschool, early childhood and coordinated school health programs. Search for grants here.