Season’s greetings and hopes for a happy and healthy New Year from the Ohio Afterschool Network


Monday, December 26, 2016 – Monday, January 2, 2017 – OAN Offices Closed in Observance of Holiday

Sunday, January 1, 2017 – OAN’s Advocacy RFP Closes (more below)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – State Board of Education Public Meeting View Information

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – OAN ESSA Work Group Call Register Here (more information below…)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – Afterschool Alliance of Northwest Ohio networking meeting (details coming soon!)

Friday, January 27, 2017 – Central Ohio School Age Child Care Director’s Roundtable Meeting (10 AM – 12 Noon, contact Nancy Brody to register:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 – OAN Quarterly Meeting – Register Here

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – Wednesday, February 16, 2017 – OETC Conference  Learn More

The Ohio Afterschool Network seeks a consultant to provide professional services to support OAN’s legislative and policy agenda.  OAN’s goal is elevate the organization’s visibility and influence among legislators and decision makers.

The RFP opened Thursday, November 17, 2016. Deadline for submission is 5:00PM on Sunday, January 1, 2017. Submissions should be emailed to

For more information click here

You are invited to attend the next OAN Quarterly Meeting to connect with colleagues in the field of Afterschool and Summer Learning. Our next membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at the at the Vineyard Community Center, located at 6000 Cooper Road in Westerville, OH. Meeting will start at 10:30AM and end at 2:30PM. Lunch is included with your ticket. Register here. 


by 21stcclcadmin

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL 21ST CENTURY AND MCKINNEY-VENTO GRANTEES:  Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances our office will not be hosting the 6th Annual Expanding Learning Summit.  Because the Summit is so well received, the committee will resume planning in the near future and our intention is to roll out another quality event early 2018.   Thank you.


The Ohio Afterschool Association has joined forces with the Ohio Afterschool Network to create one unified state-wide membership organization working together to support Afterschool across the state of Ohio.

So the big question… what does this mean for OAN members?

MORE RESOURCES – OAN is funded in part through a grant from the Charles Mott Foundation. Mott also offers experts as resources to help with systems building, policy, advocacy and legislative work. By becoming the Ohio Affiliate for the National Afterschool Association,  OAN can now also access the experts and resources for professional development that NAA strives to provide it’s Affiliate organizations.

MORE OPPORTUNITIES – The NAA Virtual Convention was just one of many opportunities that the state Affiliate organization members can access. Fellowships, recognition of up-and-coming professionals in our field, and access to NAA newsletters and the digital magazine are examples of opportunities OAN members will be able to access.

UNIFIED VOICE – Our network now has one unified voice for Afterschool in Ohio. OAN will continue to represent Afterschool in Ohio, supported by the Mott Foundation, NAA and our members…including you!

In the new year the OAN Leadership Team will be creating a strategic plan to increase membership value through professional development opportunities. Membership input is critically needed. Want to get involved in the conversation? Contact the Quality Programs Committee Chair, Peggy Martinez, and be a part of this decision making process. Email her at .


OAN is excited to help promote #NAA17! It’s a great networking and professional development opportunity for afterschool and out-of-school time professionals and advocates. Registration is now open! For more information about this upcoming conference, click here.


OAN has compiled a comprehensive list of articles, webinars and other resources to assist Afterschool programs in better understanding the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the policies that relate to it. You can access that data by clicking here or by visiting the OAN Website.

In addition, OAN will be convening a workgroup to discuss ESSA and how Afterschool programs across Ohio can support school districts as they work to implement new policies. To join this workgroup, please click here.

Under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Ohio will create a plan for how our local, state and federal programs are aligned to help all of our students be successful. Afterschool could prove to be a critical piece of the ESSA puzzle. ESSA will include a to-be-decided “Fifth Indicator”, which may have an opportunity for Afterschool programs to even more closely support the work school districts do. Indicators such as “school climate” or “attendance” are areas for which Afterschool has now collected compelling data showing the impact of programs on student success. This will be discussed more at the OAN Quarterly Meeting.

Additionally, the Afterschool Alliance has prepared a document, highlighting opportunities Afterschool programs can have with ESSA. Click here to view.

The Department of Education is in the process of wrapping up a series of webinars covering focus areas within ESSA . Click here to view the recorded webinars.


An astounding 89% of respondents who were surveyed following the OAN Quarterly meeting in August said that the reason they attended the meeting was to contribute to strengthening Afterschool and Summer Learning in Ohio.

OAN continues to develop opportunities for members to get involved and help advance Afterschool and Summer Learning in Ohio. We are seeking individuals to fill the following volunteer leadership roles:

– Advocacy Chair
– Communications Co-Chair
– Members for STEM, Advocacy, Communications and Quality Programs/Quality Staff Committees

So join us! A form is now available, explaining what you can do to help and a brief description of OAN’s current work committees and what each is currently tackling. Click here to view that document.

December Surprise – Congress Passes America COMPETES Bill 
In a surprise move, Congress sent the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (formerly called America COMPETES) to the President for his signature late last week. The legislation authorizes research investments and the STEM education investments of various science mission agencies such as NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of Energy.
Read more…

Who is Education Secretary Betsy Devoos?
Last week, President-elect Donald Trump announced the selection of Michigan philanthropist and education activist Betsy DeVos as his nominee for education secretary. DeVos is an advocate for school choice, including private school voucher programs, and is a past chairwoman of the Republican Party of Michigan.
read more…

New Report: Opportunities and Challenges in Afterschool Science
In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, we’re proud to release our new report, “Growing computer science education in afterschool: Opportunities and challenges.” A diverse group of stakeholders—including educators, business and industry, policy makers, and parents—agree that computer science education is vital for kids to become the creators and innovators for the next generation, making technology work for them and designing solutions for their communities.
read more…

New Report: Documenting the Impact of STEM in Afterschool 
Afterschool programs support students’ success in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in a multitude of ways—by helping them become interested and engaged, develop tangible STEM skills, and begin to see themselves as potential contributors to the STEM enterprise. While afterschool programs across the country are working hard to measure the impact they’re having on youth, we know that program evaluation is no small task—requiring a professional evaluator, getting staff on board, and ensuring student and parent participation.
read more…

Child Care and Development Fund Final Rule Frequently Asked Questions

The Office of Child Care has posted responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the Child Care and Development Fund Final Rule based on the bipartisan reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act. The questions and responses are organized by key topic areas, and additional FAQs will be added in the future on an ongoing basis

Also, see a 21 page summary from Kelly Malone Sturgis, Executive Director of the New York State Network For Youth Success, on the OAN Members Only page of the OAN Website.

Please note that OAN Director Nichelle Harris has a new cell phone number. The new number is 614-312-2834. 


There’s a whole lot more happening with Afterschool in Ohio than can fit in one monthly newsletter! Check in regularly to the OAN Website’s Policy and News feed. Follow OAN on Facebook and Twitter. Subscribe to the OAN Remind Account. Or become a member (it’s free!) and automatically be placed on the OAN Mailing List. Or do all of these things! Don’t miss out on anything! Get connected today!

The Ohio Afterschool Network is a statewide network of nearly 1,000 professionals, parents, stakeholders, and partners working to assure that Ohio children and youth have access to high quality programs to help them succeed both in and out of school for lifetime success. OAN achieves this vision by advocating, creating strategic alliances, and by supporting the development of quality, comprehensive programming especially to engage at-risk students.

OAN’s Mission is to advocate, create strategic alliances and support the development of quality, comprehensive child and youth programming. OAN’s Vision is that all child and youth have access to high quality programs helping them to succeed in and out of school for lifetime success.

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