History

Established in 2003, the Ohio Afterschool Network (OAN) advocates, creates strategic alliances, and supports the development of quality, comprehensive child and youth programming. A network of after school advocates works to bring together a number of systems and stakeholders, including policymakers, educators, parents, and service providers to ensure that all children have access to high quality programming helping them to succeed in and out of school for lifetime success. OAN is composed of diverse stakeholders in education, afterschool, out-of-school time, summer and youth programs. OAN provides resources for programs and families statewide including information, assistance, networking, peer-to-peer support, and works to promote innovative afterschool policies to improve student achievement.


Advocacy

Ohio Afterschool Network is the only policy voice specifically related to afterschool programs representing Ohio’s children, youth, families, programs, and professionals at the state and federal level. To strengthen advocacy efforts, OAN partners with other statewide agencies who work with state and federal lawmakers to secure funding and advance afterschool policy.


Training

Ohio Afterschool Network provides professional development for those who work in afterschool and summer programs in Ohio. Policy expertise is provided to strengthen 21 Century Community Learning Center grant outcomes, meeting afterschool licensing requirements, program evaluation, and program sustainability.  OAN trainings serve the needs of staff, supervisors, program managers, board members ,and advocacy professionals.

Ohio Afterschool Network provides statewide conferences, regional training, onsite training, seminars, regional workshops and networking opportunities, webinars, conference calls, consultation, keynotes, technical assistance, mentoring, meeting facilitation, executive director coaching, and board retreats. Through our diverse network partners, OAN is available to meet your leadership needs or place you in contact with state and national professionals to help with program support.  Check out our event calendar or our page on professional development section for the details.


Networking

Ohio Afterschool Network works in collaboration with local, state, and federal program partners that share our commitment to afterschool policy.  We are one of 50 National Statewide After School Networks and the National Afterschool Association affiliate, membership associations for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings, to provide a variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours.

As part of the National Statewide Afterschool Network, we are one of 50 states funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and we work to support our colleagues in other states to advocate for afterschool policy. Read more about The Mott Foundation.

As the state affiliate for the National Afterschool Association (NAA), we work with NAA to to foster development, provide education, and encourage advocacy for the out-of-school-time community. Read more about the National Afterschool Association.


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