OAN October E-Blast


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!

Saturday, October 15 – Afterschool Programs of Lancaster’s Corn Hole Tournament – LEARN MORE
Thursday, October 20 – Lights On Afterschool REGISTER
Thursday, October 27 – Action For Children’s Small Steps Event – LEARN MORE
Wednesday, November 2 – OAN Quarterly Meeting ATTEND
Tuesday, November 6 – Sunday, November 20 – NAA’s Virtual Convention REGISTER
Saturday, November 19 – NWO Symposium REGISTER


You are encouraged 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, November 2, 2016 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!


Top-Quality Professional Development for Afterschool Professionals –
Welcome to NAA’s Virtual Convention!

The National AfterSchool Association is pleased to announce that NAA’s Virtual Convention is back, for a second consecutive year! Last year, nearly 500 afterschool professionals participated and offered great feedback on how it benefited both their professional growth and their program.

Virtual Convention packages the top-rated workshops from the 2016 NAA Annual Convention and delivers them in a convenient online format. You’ll gain valuable insight from these knowledgeable, motivational, and fun speakers – ideas that you can begin implementing immediately! For a list of the workshops, please click here.

Virtual Convention is:

  • Convenient. Listen to sessions whenever and wherever—even on mobile devices!
  • Comprehensive. Get relevant, apply-today information and techniques for your program.
  • Concise. Recorded workshops easily fit in your schedule! 
  • Effortless. Log on, listen, think, reflect, and participate in the discussions and live events.
  • FREE for all OAN Members. Head to the OAN Members Only page to find out more…

UPDATE ON #lightupOhio 

Lights on Afterschool is one of the most important Afterschool and Summer Learning advocacy events this year! If you haven’t yet gotten involved in this project, now is the time.

As of today, Ohio has 60 registered Lights On Events in Ohio. Last year we had over 160, so clearly OHIO’S AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS NEED YOUR HELP! If you haven’t registered your event, go to the Afterschool Alliance’s Lights On Afterschool webpage, it is time! Use this registration link.

Lights On Afterschool is the national celebration of quality Afterschool programs and what they do to keep kids safe and help working parents and inspire kids to learn. Last year over a million people participated in events across the United States. Lights On Afterschool events can be carnivals, rallies, parades, health fairs, volunteer celebrations.. Invite your students and families, school staff, community members, funders, legislators…

Take this opportunity to tell your story to the world! Share your story!


The Afterschool Alliance has a website full of ideas for every type of event. Check it out here.


Join the #lightupOhio Thunderclap! Think of it as a “social media flash mob”. Sign up to show your support and a message supporting Afterschool programs will automatically show up on your social media at 3:00 PM on Thursday, October 20th – Lights On Afterschool Day – and be seen by all your followers. Right now we are at 27% of our goal and have a reach of nearly 75,000 people… imagine how far this message will go with 100% support! Join here.


The Ohio Department of Education has concluded their listening tour of stakeholders in our state, and we hope you were able to attend and both represent Afterschool and hear how ESSA will impact education policy in your state. 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. View that document on the Ohio Afterschool Network’s wesbsite, under “Members Only”. 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.

Measure, design, build, test, program, question, cheer, dissect, and learn! COSI’s Outreach Workshops bring hands-on explorations right to your afterschool program with all materials included! With programs designed for everyone from preschool through high school and beyond, our newly-redesigned STEM-focused workshops are packed with energy and excitement. Program real robots, touch living animals and learn about their habitats, explore the gross science behind the human body, or bring “impossible” super powers to life using physics! Each hour-long session can reach up to 30 learners! Visit cosi.org or email OffsiteEducation@cosi.org for more information!


Voices For Ohio’s Children Columbus, OH – March 29 – 31, 2017
New for 2017–Voices is launching our new 3-day Kids Summit. Enjoy 30+ Workshops, 5 Issue-based Tracks, Advocacy Trainings, visits with State Legislators, and more…We are looking for diverse presentations that cover the full spectrum of kids’ issues. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 11, 2016 Click HERE for more information.

National Afterschool Association Dallas, TX – March 19-22, 2017

Calling all presenters! We’re looking for afterschool and out-of-school time professionals to present at NAA17. Our call for proposals is now open through October 17, 2016. Share what you or your organization does best and can be shared to help improve the work done by other in the afterschool community. Submit a proposal through the submission portal; we do not accept submissions via email.

We seek the best afterschool programming, leadership development, staff management, fundraising, partnership building, innovation, and any other innovations or relevant topics to highlight on a national stage. Please visit the workshops guidelines page to see the types of workshop formats we accept and read about our learning strands and guidelines.

Download the workshop proposal template to get started on your proposal and then submit your proposal via thesubmission portal by October 17, 2016

NWO Symposium Bowling Green, OH –  November 19, 2016

Partners in Education is seeing presenters for the “Extended Day – STEM : Supporting Afterschool Programs” strand for the upcoming Northwest Ohio Symposium. Session topics needed include “Engage Your Community Resources”, “Simple And Effective STEM Activities” and “Creating a Vibrant Learning Enviornment”.

Click here for more information and the RFP.

Contact Sommer Clayborne, Community Liason Manager, at 419.242.2122 x103 or email at sclayborne@partnerstoledo.org


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 leadership roles:

– NE Ohio Regional Hub Chair
– Central Ohio Regional Hub Chair
– SW Ohio Regional Hub Chair
– SE Ohio Regional Hub Chair
– 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.

Check out OAN’s new website, full of resources, news and information about Afterschool and Summer Learning in Ohio.

Follow OAN on Facebook and Twitter, too.


Continuing Resolution Passes, Federal Government Funded Through Early December

Two days before the 2016 federal fiscal year (FY) ended, Congress avoided a government shutdown by passing a short-term FY2017 continuing resolution (CR). The temporary stop gap funding measure sets spending levels at the FY 2016 spending levels through December 9, 2016. The CR was subsequently signed by the President.

The bill extends current funding with a 0.496 percent across-the-board cut to all programs including federal education programs. For the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative, that means an estimated $5.8 million cut. However, because the program is forward funded, program grantees would not see the impact of that cut if 21st CCLC is funded at the current level in any final spending bill expected to pass during the lame duck session.

Read more here.

The Four Categories of Changes Made to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)

The 2016 Child Care and Development Fund Final Rule was finalized late last month by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), updating regulations to incorporate and clarify changes made through the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014.

Read more here.

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. 

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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