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OAN Afterschool Re-Start Re-Design Lab, June 29 & 30 CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE


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!

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Screen Time Overload – Find balance!

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


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Join the Conversation

NEW! As we all face challenges and opportunities in light of new child care regulations, school district closures, and recommended social distancing, staying connected is more important than ever. Join the Ohio Afterschool Network in weekly calls with the Afterschool and Summer Learning field to share news, talk about ideas, hear advocacy updates and connect! Topics listed below. Click HERE to sign up and join the online meeting.


Monday, March 23 @ 10:00 AM EST


Monday, March 30 @ 10:15 AM EST (NOTE TIME CHANGE!)


Monday, April 6 @ 10:15 AM EST


Monday, April 13 @10:15AM EST


Monday, April 20 @ 10:15 AM EST


Monday, April 27 @ 10:15 AM EST


Monday, May 4 @ 10:15 AM EST


Monday, May 11 NO CALL; Register for the OAN Virtual Quarterly Meeting HERE


Next Call: Monday, May 18 @10:15 AM EST – Join your colleagues from all over Ohio as we discuss issue impacting Afterschool and summer learning in Ohio.


Final Call: Monday, May 25 @10:15 AM EST – This will be the final Conversation Call. OAN will be allocating all available efforts to supporting programs as they plan for re-opening programs in the fall. MORE INFO COMING SOON!


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

ODJFS Transitional Pandemic Re-Opening Toolkit

Using Dividers in Child Care Settings

4C For Children – Tipe for Re-opening Child Care centers

Ohio Department of Education Remote Learning Resource Guide RESOURCE PAGE

Information on Accountability and the Ohio School report Cards for the 2019-2020 School Year RESOURCE PAGE

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


Resources for Small Businesses

Funding Resource Page – HERE

SBA Small Business PPP Forgiveness Application

Board Source: Responding to Legal Issues Facebook Live VIEW

SBA 7(a) Paycheck Protection Program
Under the CARES Act stimulus bill, nonprofits and small businesses with fewer than 500 employees will be eligible for loans to meet payroll and other qualifying costs. Much of the loan is forgivable if you keep staff on payroll during the loan period (currently March 1 through June 30). This, in essence, turns a portion of the loan into a GOS grant. The total loan fund is expected to be $349B, and loans will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Recipients do not have to certify that they are unable to obtain credit elsewhere. 

  • Loan amount is 2.5 times the organization’s average monthly payroll, with pay capped at $100,000 per employee
  • Up to 8 weeks of average payroll and other costs will be forgiven if the business retains its employees and their salary levels through June 30
  • The application is not yet live, but details are emerging on the SBA websitewe encourage you to keep checking the website and complete the application as soon as it becomes available

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
EID loans offering up to $2M in assistance are already available on a first-come, first-served basis to nonprofits to help overcome temporary loss in revenue caused by COVID-19. These loans are similar to other disaster relief loans and do not include loan forgiveness. The application is straightforward and can be completed online now. 

  • Loans offer up to $2M in assistance
  • The interest rate for nonprofits is 2.75%, with repayment terms of up to 30 years. Funds may be used to pay fixed debt, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid due to the impact of restrictions.
  • Organizations cannot receive funding from both programs unless the loan applications are for different purposes (i.e. personnel and rent costs for 7(a) and other operating expenses for EIDL)

Next Steps

  1. Look into the 7(a) loans first, due to the larger funding amount and forgivable loan provision. The application is expected to open this week on SBA’s website.
  2. Develop a relationship with a qualifying local lender ASAP, especially if you don’t yet have one, since loans are made directly through local 7(a) lending institutions. Here is a list of qualifying local lenders.
  3. Prepare your documents while waiting for the application to open. 
  4. Consider whether your organization can take advantage of any other additional COVID-19 relief programs. Candid.org has a running list on their website, with many local assistance programs.
  5. Review the The Branded Startup’s “Nonprofit Survival Guide” (attached) for leadership advice, budget adjustments, talking points for donors and funders, and opportunties for growth in the new normal.

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


Resources for Programs and Families

Resources for Snacks and Meals

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

Area Eligibility During the COVID 19 Outbreak (ODE Document)

Academic Resources

Cleveland Playhouse Online Resources READ ARTICLE

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

Amplify Resources for Learning at Home RESOURCE PAGE

SEL Resources

Social Emotional Learning Alliance RESOURCE PAGE

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