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All OregonASK trainings are linked to the Oregon Registry!
Do You Work in a Licensed Child Care Facility?  
You may be eligible for a Betty Gray Early Childhood Development Endowment Fund to attend this year's Oregon Afterschool Conference!

Click here to find out more about the Oregon Statewide Scholarship Program and to see if you quality for this scholarship. 

Upcoming Trainings

We're filling out our training calendar again - check out what we've got planned!

Supervisor Academy
October 14, 2013 - November 29, 2013

Kick off webinar 10/14 @10am
 This 20 hour professional development session  focuses on preparing new supervisors for understanding the role of a supervisor and how to effectively supervisor other staff. Participants will explore the role of the supervisor, examine behavior and coaching techniques, practice setting clear performance expectations, effective communication skills along with motivation and teamwork.


Format: Online and Webinar   

Cost: $200 member

$250 non-member  


Register Now! 

Issues Briefs & Blogs


Oregon Girls Collaborative Project Informational Meeting

Inviting: program managers, guidance counselors, business partners, technical professionals, teachers, and representatives from professional organizations and higher education to join us at an informational meeting announcing the implementation of the Oregon Girls Collaborative Project!  


This initiative will provide mini-grants, professional development, and other resources to project participants. In serving as the Convening Organization, OregonASK will continue the growth of our network, establish best practices in the use of STEM in out-of-school time, and improve connections between schools and STEM industries. These goals all feed the mission of increasing access to quality OST opportunities for all students of Oregon. project, sponsored by Oregon Afterschool for Kids (OregonASK).The meeting will be held on November 8, Room TBD at Chemeketa Community College, located at 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem.


 Click here to let us know you're coming!


Please also plan to join us Friday afternoon for an in-depth session presented by Nimisha Ghosh Roy, from the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project, "Increasing STEM Engagement for Girls: Strategies & Resources." For more information about this session, to register, and to find out more about the Oregon Afterschool Conference, please visit

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 2013: Health, Safety & Nutrition in Afterschool

November 8 & 9, 2013  


You're not going to want to miss this...

Learning Environments & Curriculum

SciGirlsŪLive Healthy: Hands-On Activities to Engage Girls in STEM  

Learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM; experience hands-on STEM activities focusing on health and nutrition; and gain access to free materials

for hands-on, video-enhanced activities that put a creative twist on teaching STEM.   

Integrating Arts with Literacy   
How do you make a book come alive....integrate it with art! You will discover fun, adventure, art and literacy and creative ways to infuse them into your curriculum!    
Engaging Families Leads to Success for All 
 Learn about research-based strategies and discover effective resources that can help you increase parent involvement in your program and encourage and support families to get engaged and stay engaged in their child's education. 

Traveling Circuits Teaching Computer Science Without Fear and Makerspace!

Traveling Circuits is an innovative new curriculum that allows any instructor to teach the basics of computer science and computational thinking. Using games, and arts & crafts, instructors will get a hands on lesson in computer science foundations such as variables, functions, programs and algorithms.  

Successful Environmental Service Learning Projects with SOLVE

Are you looking for ways to energize your curriculum? Are you interested in Service Learning as a teaching and learning strategy? Do you aspire to make more connections between your classroom and the field? SOLVE staff will provide an overview of environmental service-learning, ideas for and examples of partnerships with local community resources, and examples of service-learning instructional strategies. 

Diversity and Inclusion  

Accommodations for Children and Youth with Autism and Behavior Support Techniques -
Friday Afternoon 
This session will equip professionals with strategies to facilitate inclusion for children with autism spectrum disorders and will also explore strategies for addressing challenging behavior in all children with discussions including how to identify influences on behavior, define behavior problems, and develop plans to teach skills.

Where Everyone Belongs 
This workshop will introduce the rational for and the benefits of promoting and ensuring meaningful opportunities for children and youth with disabilities to participate in afterschool programs and expanded learning environments.

Modifying, and Adapting Physical Activity for Youth with Disabilities

In this session participants will get a better understanding for some of the challenges youth with disabilities face in regards to physical activity, learning new motor skills, and being active. This session will also provide participants with tools they can use in their programs to appropriately modify and adapt activities for youth with various disabilities (including autism, ADD/ADHD, and learning disabilities).   

Bringing the OEIB Equity Lens into Practical Application

Equity and Diversity is an important and complex concept that must be integrated in all education services in Oregon. In this session, we will explore personal beliefs and become familiar with Oregon's OEIB Equity Lens and what it means for working with families and children from Oregon's diverse cultural communities. 

And more! Click here to preview sessions.

Click here to find out more about the 2013 Oregon Afterschool Conference.

Help us get the word out! Email the above link or forward this newsletter to others you know who'd like to join afterschool program staff and directors from around the state to share best practices and innovations in afterschool and summer programming.
Study: Afterschool Offerings in Many Cities Need Better Coordination
Turns out that working together is something that afterschool providers can work on, a new study suggests.


"Historically, the afterschool field has been decentralized with programs, schools, city leaders, and funders operating separately from each other," said Ivan Charner, the vice president and director of FHI 360, in a news release. "Yet we found many positive steps have been taken to coordinate afterschool programs in large cities across the country. If this trend continues and afterschool coordination truly goes nationwide, we believe that more children will have access to and participate in high-quality afterschool programs."


View their findings on an infographic! 


Click here for the full report. 

Resources & Opportunities
Lights On Afterschool - Oct.17th

Each October, 1 million Americans and thousands of communities nationwide celebrate Lights On Afterschool to shine a light on the afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.


Oct. 17, 2013, is the 14th annual Lights On Afterschool! Register your support now and share how you're celebrating Lights On Afterschool!


Check out the new site to register and get started planning your own awesome event!


Lights On Afterschool celebrations don't need to take a lot of time, money or resources to be great. What matters is taking a moment to recognize the important, positive benefits of afterschool programs and sharing that with your community. As always, the event planning kit is available for free online as well as sample materials, graphics, timelines, case studies and more. Get started planning now.


Together, we can make sure that every child has access to quality, affordable afterschool programs.

A report released earlier this year by the Campaign for Children surveyed more than 5,700 working parents in March 2013 and found that almost all working parents depend on child care and afterschool programs to remain in the workforce. Almost all working parents surveyed-a sizable 95 percent-said that they rely on child care and afterschool programs to keep their jobs.  

By: Nikki Yamashiro │ Sept 23, 2013


What do Oregon parent have to say about this issue? Click here to read our Faces and Places article about this topic, and visit our website to learn more about the Oregon Parent survey and to read our policy paper Afterschool: A Parent Point of View.

Calling All Innovators

Does your afterschool program use data to improve services for kids? Then you have a chance to win.


The Afterschool Alliance and MetLife Foundation are seeking nominations for the 2013 MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Awards. Nominees should be exemplary, lesser-known afterschool programs serving middle-school youth that showcase an innovation that takes place during the out-of-school time. Each of the five programs selected to receive the award will receive $10,000, be featured in the 2013-14 series of issue briefs and the Afterschool in Action Compendium, and will be offered the opportunity to present at national conferences. 


Nominations in the following four categories must be received by Oct. 14

1.     Keeping Kids Safe and Supported in the Hours After School

2.     The Role of Afterschool and the Common Core State Standards 

3.     Students with Disabilities and Other Special Needs and Afterschool

4.     Why Data Matters: How Afterschool Programs Use Data to Improve Programming


More detailed instructions on the nomination process are available in the online nomination form. Additionally, "Afterschool Innovators and Middle School Success," available as a recorded webinar, offers helpful tips about the MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Award selection process and features a few of last year's winning programs.
SAFE: Screening Applicants for Effectiveness

The Ford Family Foundation invites staff members from rural, youth-serving organizations to attend a free day-long training on best-practices in volunteer screening.

Oregon Mentors will be delivering a six-hour training based on the SAFE: Screening Applicants for Effectiveness curriculum. The training is a research-based approach to volunteer screening, offering an in-depth dive on 21 tools youth programs can be using to screen out potential child predators. The training will be offered in nine communities throughout the upcoming school year. Click here to find a location near you and register to attend!
Safe Kids Oregon

Safe Kids Oregon has posted additional new material regarding child passenger safety.  The September release of "Buckle Up: Every Ride, Every Time" from Safe Kids Worldwide includes surprising results. 


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