The Afterschool Advisor
June 2016
U.S. Senate Cuts Afterschool Funding!
On June 7, 2016, the United States Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee passed their Fiscal Year 2017 education budget. The budget cuts 21st Century Community Learning Centers by $117 million!

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative was funded at $1,050,000,000-a cut of $117 million below the current FY2016 level of $1.166 billion. The proposed level is slightly above the level authorized in last year's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), however it represents about a 10 percent cut from the current funding level.

For more information on how other programs within ESSA came out and how to take action, visit the Afterschool Alliance's blog
Summer Learning Day is July 14th!
Request official recognition of Summer Learning Day from your mayor, aligned with National Summer Learning Association's July 14th activities, or in conjunction with any local summer events or advocacy days you are planning.
Most offices require up to eight weeks of advance notice for proclamations, so now is the time to make this request and to send this along to your partners!

For a sample proclamation, visit the NSLA website.

For questions about the purpose of a proclamation and submitting a proclamation, contact Michelle Rich at Especially if you get one signed, we'd love to know about it! 
Do Great STEM This Summer
Looking to strengthen your STEM offerings this summer? Click2Science can provide your staff with the skills necessary to provide high-quality STEM learning activities all summer long.
Click2Science is an interactive, professional development site for trainers, coaches, site directors and frontline staff/volunteers working in out-of-school time STEM programs, serving children and youth. Find out more on their website at
Afterschool Grants to be Released in September
Something to look forward to in the new school year! 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant funding will be released for a new round of competition in September 2016. Be on the lookout for information via the Iowa Afterschool Alliance.

Once again, the IAA and the Iowa Department of Education will host several grant workshops to prepare organizations to submit a proposal for funding. Mark your calendars for September 22, 2016 in Davenport, Iowa, for one of these workshops in conjunction with an all-day professional development mini-conference.

For more information on 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding, visit the Iowa Department of Education website.
Follow IAA on Facebook for Latest Updates
Facebook Follow the Iowa Afterschool Alliance on Facebook at for the latest updates on the Every Student Succeeds Act (formerly No Child Left Behind), PD opportunities, IAA activities, and grant opportunities. Expect an update on an issue of interest every day! You can also follow us on Twitter by following @iowaafterschool.
SEDL Resources for Afterschool
Looking for resources on how to run a high-quality program? SEDL, an affiliate of the American Institutes for Research, has no-cost resources on lesson plans, practitioners' guides, and training toolkits. Visit the National Center for Quality Afterschool here:  
Professional Development Opportunities
Out of School Time Professional Development Center
The Out of School Time Professional Development Center provides Out of School Time training to OST professionals. The classes provide in-depth curriculum and certificates. If you or your staff are interested in signing up for courses visit the Out-of-School Time website. Check out the entire course catalog here
Literacy Content on Y4Y!
You 4 Youth is a free online professional development site that is designed to support 21CCLC 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. Click here to register.

Afterschool Alliance Webinars
The Afterschool Alliance offers webinars on a wide range of topics, from policy and the new Every Student Succeeds Act, to STEM and Social-Emotional Learning. Find out more on their webinars website.

Iowa Child Care Training Registry
Find professional development for school-age programming on the State of Iowa Child Care Training Registry on topics ranging from health and safety to developmentally appropriate programming. Find out more online

CryptoClub Summer Leader Training Workshops
July 18 - 20, 2016 and July 26 - 28, 2016; Chicago, IL
The workshops will provide background in the mathematics and cryptography content and give leaders a chance to experience CryptoClub games ad activities while discussing pedagogical issues of leading a program. No prior experience necessary to train as a leader.

For more information, visit

Iowa 21st Century Community Learning Centers Mini-Conference

September 22, 2016; Davenport, IA Join your Iowa afterschool peers at this professional development opportunity in Davenport. Details to be released soon!

Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children Early Care and Education Fall Institute

September 29-October 1, 2016; Altoona, IA
For more information on IAEYC, visit their website at  

Beyond School Hours Conference
February 22 - 25, 2017; Atlanta, GA
Get big ideas for immediate results. Take home skills, tools and a renewed passion for improving learning outcomes for young people across the entire day.

For more information and to register, visit the conference website at

National AfterSchool Association Convention

March 19 - 22, 2017; Dallas, TX
NAA's Annual Convention delivers exceptional learning and networking opportunities for every participant. With inspirational keynote speakers, more than 150 engaging workshops and unique networking events, Convention is the premier event for afterschool and out-of-school time professionals. - See more at:

For more information and to register, visit the convention website at

Iowa Impact After School Conference
Save the Date! April 27 & 28, 2017; Des Moines 
Grant Opportunities 
Along with various other resources, the IAA maintains a list of grants that afterschool programs may access. Check out our Resources Page on our website for more information.