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A word from OAN…

We are planners. We think ahead. We know what we will do with the kids at our programs tomorrow, next week, next month. It’s just who we are.

Now all of our plans have been pushed to the wayside and we are in uncharted territory. We understand why Ohio’s leadership is taking the necessary precautions to close schools and encourage social distancing, and we definitely want to be a part of the solution to stop the spread of COVID19. At the same time, we build relationships with face-to-face interaction with our afterschool youth. We are worried about where our kids will go to get snacks and meals, get academic help, get emotional support.

We have concerns.

But we can’t let that concern overpower our need to act. Let’s get creative. Let’s share resources. Let’s think about new ways to connect with kids. Let’s re-imagine afterschool. HERE is a link to a recent blog by Jennifer Brady on being a flexible leader for inspiration!

Want more pick-me-ups? Read on…

It’s Time We All Redefined Productivity For Ourselves

How Can I Practice More Self Care?

Scroll down for virtual meeting invitations, resources and ideas to help kids using our virtual tools!


Take The Survey

The Governor’s recent notice that Ohio K-12 students will be on spring break effective Monday has far reaching impact for those of us in the Afterschool world. Unless you’re in the field running an Afterschool program, it is challenging to fully understand exactly what those challenges are! OAN wants to know, and offer support! Please complete this short survey to add transparency to your organization’s top issues regarding the current coronavirus (COVID 19) health crisis. CLICK HERE



Bring your coffee and computer!

Join the Conversation

NEW! Join the Ohio Afterschool Network in weekly calls to share news, talk about ideas and connect! Topics listed below. Join the online meeting:

Dial-in number: (515) 606-5156
Access code:317425

or join via computer  https://join.freeconferencecall.com/director551


Monday, March 23 @ 10:00 AM EST – LISTEN TO THE RECORDING Today’s call featured an update on the ways program are working to meet the needs of communities, a recap on the virtual Afterschool for All Challenge, an update on the May 5 Statewide Pitch Contest and an update on the OAN Quarterly Meeting.


Monday, March 30 @ 10:15 AM EST (NOTE TIME CHANGE!)LISTEN TO THE RECORDING Today’s call features sharing from Flo Brett from Effective Leadership Academy, Kathy McWatters from McWatters Consulting, Tisha Lewis from Learning Circle and Shannon Teague from ODE. Nichelle also shared updates about national and state news and advocacy updates.

New USDA Adult and Child Nutrition Waivers (including SFSP)

News – Ohio House Bill 197

Afterschool Professionals Week – April 20-24, 2020

OAN Parent Supporter Postcard – SHARE WITH YOUR FAMILIES!

NAA Spring Magazine featuring Ohio contributors on SoLD (Science of Learning and Development) – Take A Look!

BLOG POST : State flexibility supports 21st CCLC ability to adapt to COVID Emergency

BLOG POST: COVID-19 resources: Online learning supports

BLOG POST: Bringing STEM learning home during social distancing

BLOG POST: COVID-19 Stimulus Bill: What It Means for States

PODCAST: AIR Podcast with Deb Moroney


NEXT CALL : Monday, April 6 @ 10:15 AM EST –


News and Alerts

Monday, March 30, 2020 – Governor DeWine extends school closures until May 1, 2020 HERE

Thursday, March 26, 2020 – Video message from Ohio State Superintendent of Education, Paolo DeMaria WATCH

Thursday, March 26, 2020 – Updated guidance from the 21st CCLC Office HERE

Friday, March 21 – Updated guidance from the 21st CCLC Office: On Friday, the 21st CCLC Office posted in wordpress a statement about further guidance around the allowable use of 21st CCLC Dollars. Read the guidance HERE.

Friday, March 21 – Notes from the USDOE call for K-12 Education Stakeholders

Mon, Mar 16, 6:24 PM –  Updates on the Ordered School-Building Closure
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria offers a new video message with updates on the ordered school-building closure. There is new information to share in an updated Frequently Asked Questions document as well as encouraging stories from across Ohio’s education community about how schools, staff and students are making the most of this challenging situation.

Monday, Mar 16 – Message from Ohio Department of Education State Superintendent of Education HERE


Need-To-Know Information

Ohio’s State Pandemic Center List RESOURCE PAGE

Ohio Department of Education’s Coronavirus (COVID19) RESOURCE PAGE

Ohio Department of Health’s Coronavirus (COVID19) RESOURCE PAGE

Face to Face Conversion Protocol for Ohio Approved Training VIEW PDF

Coronavirus Pandemic Child Care Information for Providers RESOURCE PAGE


Snack and Meal Resources

FRAC (Food Action and Resource Center)’s Coronavirus Resource Page – view it HERE

Send an email Nichelle@OANOhio.org to have a resource added!


Resources for Programs

PAST Foundation STEM Streaming RESOURCE PAGE

COSI Connects Science RESOURCE PAGE

Every Hour Counts Resources for Afterschool Providers RESOURCE PAGE

Navigating College and Career Readiness in Times of Uncertainty ARTICLE

10 Best Museum Tours From Home RESOURCE PAGE

Building Developmental Relationships During the COVID 19 Crisis RESOURCE PAGE

Send an email to Nichelle@OANOhio.org to have a resource added!


SEL Resources for Kids and Adults

Social Emotional Learning Alliance RESOURCE PAGE

Helping Kids Who Are Feeling Isolated and Anxious After School Shut Down ARTICLE

4C for Kids (SW Ohio) Map of Pandemic Child Care Centers WEBSITE