The Afterschool Advisor
October 2016
Join us for the 2017 Summit on Advancing Academic and Social Outcomes for Iowa Children and Youth

OCTOBER 20, 2016; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Using the release of a statewide report on afterschool and summer programming in Iowa as a framework, attendees will discuss topics to advance academic and social outcomes for Iowa children and youth through small and large group discussion, as well as hear from influential leaders on these topics.

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10 Reasons to Attend
  1. Be the first to get a look at the State of Afterschool and Summer in Iowa Report
  2. Find out what's happening across the state in this area
  3. Discuss with others from across the state important issues related to children and youth
  4. Learn more about high quality afterschool and summer programming
  5. Get an awesome lunch from Gateway Market
  6. Learn more about finding funds for high quality afterschool and summer programming
  7. Listen to Major Darren Grimshaw of Burlington share his vision for afterschool and summer learning in Iowa
  8. Network with others from across the state
  9. Hear a national perspective from Jodi Grant of the Afterschool Alliance
  10. Make an impact on Iowa's children, youth, and families!
21st Century Grants - Reviewers Needed!
The Iowa 21st Century Community Learning Centers FY17 RFA has been released. Funds are allotted through a competitive peer review process. To find out more about the grant, go to the Iowa Department of Education website here.

The Iowa Department of Education will be hosting several workshops for potential applicants. The following events are open to the public: 

Reviewers and Facilitators Needed!

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant competition relies on citizen reviewers and facilitators to ensure the highest quality applications are funded. This is a great learning experience for afterschool and summer providers, as well as others in the youth development field. Please consider serving as a reviewer or facilitator!  


Reviewer/Facilitator Expectations 

Reviewer/Facilitator Application  

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Save the Date for IAA Legislative Events in 2017!
Attend a legislative event at the Iowa Capitol hosted by the Iowa Afterschool Alliance in 2017 to show lawmakers your love for afterschool! The IAA will host an Afterschool Snack the afternoon of Valentine's Day, Tuesday, February 14, then a legislative breakfast on the morning of Wednesday, February 15. More details regarding these events will be released in the coming months.

Iowa Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Snack Afterschool Snack: Valentine's Day, Tuesday, February 14; 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Come show your love for afterschool and bring your program youth! The IAA will coordinate Capitol tours and provide a snack for all in attendance.

IAA Legislative Breakfast: Wednesday, February 15; 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Visit with your legislators about the importance of afterschool and meet your fellow afterschool advocates in the Legislative Dining Room on the ground floor of the Capitol. Iowa Afterschool Alliance staff will be on-hand to help you meet with your legislators.
Supporting Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
AIR Policy Center

Schools teach students how to read and write, but what about how to get along with others, handle stress, and manage their own emotions? Social and emotional factors are at the core of social and emotional learning (SEL) and school climate. In the new 10 series, Creating Healthy Schools: 10 Ideas for the Social and Emotional Learning and School Climate Community, researchers at American Institutes for Research (AIR) share ideas for creating successful SEL programs and sustaining a healthy and supportive school climate.

AIR's Education Policy Center invites you to two upcoming social and emotional learning and school climate events: one for policymakers and one for practitioners.

For policymakers:

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, states now have the opportunity to use at least one nonacademic indicator to monitor their schools' performance. Which indicators should states use? The Education Policy Center at AIR has invited a few experts to offer suggestions: Timothy Shriver (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning; Special Olympics), Evie Blad (Education Week), and Cynthia Cave (Virginia Department of Education), as well as AIR's David Osher and Nick Yoder.  Join us in person or from your computer on November 1.

For educators:
In this webinar on November 30, cohosted by AIR; American Youth Policy Forum; the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning; and the Washoe County School District, a panel of researchers and practitioners will go over the ways districts and school leaders have implemented a coordinated and purposeful SEL effort. To register, click here.

For more on AIR, visit their website at  
New Funding Opportunity for Child Care
Iowa child care programs looking for funding have a new opportunity to apply for a grant from the Administration of Children and Families:

"One in four U.S. children under age 5 is either overweight or obese. These children experience greater school absenteeism, miss learning opportunities, and have increased medical costs. Early education centers have a chance to support national obesity prevention efforts through interventions and supportive policies that promote nutrition and physical activity. The National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW) is now accepting applications from programs to participate in a Learning Collaborative process. This professional development initiative will give 10 teams the chance to implement healthy active living interventions in their program."

Who should apply? 
Child care centers, family child care, preschool programs, Head Start and Early Head Start are eligible to apply. This training is open to programs with previous experience in implementing policies and practices related to healthy active living, as well as those programs seeking to begin this work in this area. 
  • Review the full Call for Application Guidelines here.  
  • Complete the Online Application here.
  • Download the complete Budget Template here.
Please contact Florence Rivera, MPH at with questions. 
DHS Releases New Communication Guides   
The Department of Human Services announces the release of new Iowa regulations!
  • Comm 95 - Minimum Health & Safety Standards
  • Comm 143 - Child Development Home Registration Guidelines
  • Comm 204 - Center Licensing Standards & Procedures
  • Chapter 109 - Center Licensing Rules
  • Chapter 110 - Child Development Homes Registration Rules
  • Chapter 120 - Child Care Home Rules
  • Chapter 170 - Requirements for Child Care Assistance
Communication Guides are available on the CCR&R website and the DHS Provider Portal.

Please contact your CCR&R Child Care Consultant with any questions you may have.
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
Great 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

NAWDP 2016 Youth Development Symposium
October 31 - November 2, 2016; Chicago, IL
Focus on serving high-need youth through career development and skill building.

Register online here.

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

2017 Social and Emotional Learning Conference: Building Skills for Lifelong Success March 13, 2017; Harrisburg, PA
This conference is designed to provide quality professional development opportunities for school administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, social workers, youth development workers, teachers, school nurses, SAP team members, alternative education teachers, homeless liaisons, foster care points of contact, early childhood professionals and other community partners.

Find out more 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
Watch for more information as it becomes available at our website