The Ohio Afterschool Network supports children, youth, families, and communities by advocating and building capacity with a unified voice for sustainable investments in safe, healthy, and engaging afterschool experiences that promote life-long learning.
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Molina Healthcare is an Ohio Afterschool Network partner. Dr. C. David Molina founded Molina Healthcare in 1980. He believed every person deserved respect and access to quality care. Molina has been taking care of moms, kids, families, seniors and persons with disabilities for more than 30 years. Today, Molina Healthcare of Ohio provides access to quality care across the state. We believe in making a difference in the communities we serve, and as a community partner we want to support your organization with our programs, health education materials and sponsorship opportunities.
Held in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education
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Afterschool Professional Development Survey
The Ohio Afterschool Network is conducting a professional development survey to help inform OAN work to strengthen afterschool and summer programming, along with that of OAN’s partners. Please take a few moments to share your perspective using OAN’s Survey Monkey survey.
Governor Kasich Issues Lights On Afterschool Resolution: Calls for Ohioans to Keep Afterschool Lights On, Doors Open
Governor Kasich issued a resolution recognizing October 17, 2013 as Lights On Afterschool Day throughout Ohio and urges “all Ohioans to engage in afterschool programs and activities to ensure the lights stay on and doors stay open for all children after school.”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.
The Ohio Afterschool Network encourages afterschool programs to hold Lights On events on October 17th and throughout October to educate policy makers, elected officials, funders, educators, public safety officials and others about the need to sufficient, affordable and accessible afterschool and summer programs for children and youth. Information, planning materials and a place to register events are at http://afterschoolalliance.org/loa.cfm.
Ohio Afterschool Network Quarterly Meeting Dates
February 5, May 7, August 6, November 5 2014
All meetings are held at Vineyard Community Center, 6000 Cooper Road in northeast Columbus. For more information visit Events page.
Materials and pictures from the Wednesday, August 7, 2013 OAN Quarterly Membership Meeting are available on the past events page.
Program Highlight: Successful Service Learning Event
Congratulations to Columbus State Community College’s ESL Afterschool Communities for a successful “Run for Your Life” 5K run! Students in the program formed planning committees to create the training curriculum and organize race details and participated in an eight week Couch to 5K training program to prepare them for the race. Over 60 students participated, along with representatives from Senator Sherrod Brown’s and the Franklin County Commissioner’s offices.
New Ohio Administrator Credential
The Ohio Administrator Credential is a new credential option being offered through the Ohio Professional Registry. The Credential is designed to help you achieve the higher levels of expertise recognized in the state's revised Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) Standards while also highlighting your professionalism to staff, families and the community. Three Credential levels are available through the Administrator Core Knowledge and Competencies Training Series. These SUTQ approved trainings are ultimately designed to make you a better leader, business manager and childhood practitioner. More information on the Administrator Credential can be found by contacting your local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R) which can be located at: www.occrra.org/about_agencies.php. You can also locate and sign up for trainings in your area by visiting www.occrra.org, clicking on the "Training Search" option, and then entering "Administrator" in the search. Earn your Ohio Administrator Credential and start striving for excellence today!
SUTQ Feedback: OAN, along with partners The Ohio Alliance of YMCAs, Ohio Association of Child Care Providers and the Early Care and Education Consortium provided comments to the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services on the draft Step Up to Quality guidance document.
Strong Directors: Skilled Staff, a Guide to Using the Core Competencies for Youth Work Professionals and Supervisors was developed for the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, and outlines key skills – “core competencies” – needed by after-school program directors and those they supervise. It also offers guidance and tools on how to develop the skills, including questionnaires that managers and youth workers can use to determine their strengths and weaknesses, and forms such as a staff feedback instrument, a performance evaluation form, a lesson plan template and ten dimensions of organizational climate . The handbook was developed for the department by Wellesley College’s National Institute on Out-of-School Time, drawing on field efforts and research and is available at http://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/after-school/quality-and-cost/Pages/Strong-Directors-Skilled-Staff-Guide-to-Using-the-Core-Competencies.aspx.
"Expanded Learning: An Innovative School Improvement Strategy," a Ohio Department of Education report, supported by the C. S. Mott Foundation and the Council of Chief School Officers, was released in March. It examines innovative learning in Ohio's Next Generation Learning Network schools and that taking place in several 21st Century Community Learning Center-funded afterschool programs. Many of the Next Generation Learning design principles align with afterschool and expanded learning: personalized learning, world-class knowledge and skills, student agency, performance-based learning, anytime and everywhere opportunities, and comprehensive systems of support.
OAN's Newest Publication - Quality Self Assessment Tool (QSAT). OAN's QSAT is aligned to OAN's Quality Guidelines for Ohio's Afterschool Programs was released at the February 20th quarterly memberhship meeting and can be downloaded as a PDF. Individual sections and editable forms are available on the Resources page.
National Afterschool Publication
Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success, edited by Terry K. Peterson, Ph.D., is a groundbreaking compendium of studies, reports and commentaries by more than 100 thought leaders including community leaders, elected officials, educators, researchers, advocates and other prominent authors.
This powerful collection of nearly 70 articles presents bold and persuasive evidence—as well as examples of effective practices, programs and partnerships—that demonstrate how opportunities after school and during the summer are yielding positive outcomes for authentic student, community and family engagement in learning.
Looking for an Afterschool Program?
Ohio's Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies maintain the most comprehensive, up-to-date, early care & education and afterschool databases in Ohio. Your local agency can assist you with referrals to child care and information on evaluating child care programs.
Ohio CCR&R databases are now available online for you to do your own search as well. Learn more.In addition, each Ohio CCR&R agency has an Afterschool Specialist committed to working with programs serving school age children. Learn more.