NYSAN Digest May 2015
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NYSAN Digest
May 2015


Save the Date for the ASW:NYSAN Annual Conference - November 14, 2015

AfterSchool Works: the New York State Afterschool Network (ASW:NYSAN) is excited to announce the date and location of the 2015 conference. This year's conference will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rochester, NY on Saturday, November 14th. In addition to workshops addressing social and emotional learning, staff engagement, and  managing difficult behaviors, this year's conference will include two STEM tracks for front line staff and supervisors to learn how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) topics can be successfully introduced into their programs. 

The request for workshop proposals will be released shortly. 

Policy Updates

New Legislation relating to School-Age Child Care (SACC) 

NYSAN is supporting S. 5627 / A. 7750, a bill that would allow School-Age Child Care (SACC) registered programs operating within school buildings to follow the education law rather than the SACC regulations for the physical plant requirements in the school building. This bill will resolve an issue of currently conflicting regulatory systems both aimed to promote the safety of children. We are incredibly grateful to Senator Felder for sponsoring the bill and moving it through the Senate Children and Families Committee this week, and to Assemblymember Lupardo for sponsoring the bill in the Assembly.

If you would like to share information about how the currently conflicting regulatory systems have impacted your school-based afterschool programs, please contact us.

Field Resources, Tools, and Research


Leave Them Wanting More!: Engaging Youth in Afterschool 

The Harvard Family Research Project recently released a report that highlights the importance of effectively engaging youth in afterschool programs. Leave Them Wanting More!: Engaging Youth in Afterschool is a great resource for afterschool providers to understand how to encourage cognitive, behavioral, social, and emotional engagement in youth. One tip provided by the authors for increasing cognitive engagement is to customize learning activities so that youth are able to understand how these activities relate to their everyday lives. View the full report with more tips on engaging youth here.

A Rosetta Stone for Noncognitive Skills

The development of noncognitive skills in youth is an important indicator of performance and satisfaction later in life. Afterschool and other expanded learning programs provide a great environment to intentionally foster these traits.  In order to share information on how these abilities are developed, Asia Society has launched a project that highlights what current research says about best practices for implementing programming that builds these skills in youth. The first paper in this series introduces a framework on the Big Five personality factors to help translate and define the different terms used by researchers and practitioners in the field so that research on the outcomes associated with these skills can be effectively understood by all. The full report, The Rosetta Stone of Noncognitive Skills: The Big Five Personality Factors as a Framework for Understanding, Assessing and Enhancing Noncognitive Skills in Primary and Secondary Education can be found here.


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QSA Tip of the Month

Linkages Between Day & Afterschool

“A quality program has its staff work closely with school staff to ensure that academic components and activities are aligned with and enrich school standards and curricula.”

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"Maintains communication with school principal and administration.”

Tip for Success

Whether or not your afterschool program is based in a school, it is important to communicate with the school staff and principal of the school(s) your participants attend during the day. In many cases, this is easier said than done. 

Developing a strong relationship and mutual trust is an important first step to getting to best-practices, such as shared professional development opportunities. One way to foster a better understanding of your afterschool program is to utilize the QSA Tool with the school principal or a key staff member. Pick an element and take them on an observation of your program to complete the tool together and get their feedback and input. They will understand the depth to which your program is considering quality, and will feel more buy-in once they have been able to give suggestions and make commitments to assist you.

If your program is based in a school, some of the communication and planning tools provided in the School-Community Partnerships Guidebook can be helpful. If your program is community-based, check out some of the helpful tips in Enhancing Service through Effective School/ Community Collaboration

As your afterschool program is ending and summer is beginning, it is the perfect time to start planning how to strengthen your school relationships and practices for the fall. 

Research shows that only high-quality afterschool programs create positive outcomes for participants. Access NYSAN’s Quality Self-Assessment (QSA) tool to begin improving the quality of your program.

NYSAN Resource of the Month


Take Advantage of Free Financial Planning Resources 

As school-year afterschool programs wind down and begin to look ahead towards the fall, now is a great time to learn how your program can begin strengthening its financial practices for the upcoming year. This webinar recording, hosted by the Northeast Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks, provides many useful tips on strengthening financial management in afterschool programs.  

The Wallace Foundation and Fiscal Management Associates have also created a collection of financial management resources for nonprofit organizations to improve their financial planning practices.Visit the Wallace Foundation’s resource page for nonprofit financial management to learn how your program can begin strengthening its financial practices.

Webinar Recording-Using Data To Build, Grow, and Sustain Your Afterschool System

Did you miss the chance to see how afterschool systems can leverage data to build, grow, and sustain their efforts? Now you can view the webinar recording from AYPF and Afterschool Alliance on how afterschool leaders are using data to support the growth and development of their systems. You can find the webinar recording here.

Building Financial Capability: A Planning Guide for Integrated Services

Is your organization interested in incorporating financial capability services into its existing programs? The Administration for Children and Families recently released an interactive guide with tools to lead organizations step-by-step through the process of creating a plan to develop a deeper understanding of clients’ financial circumstances and which financial capability services can help them improve their situations. You can download the guide here

Spotlight on Expanded Learning Opportunities in New York and Beyond


New York City Summer Programming Restored!

New York City parents, students, educators, and City Council members rallied together in efforts to save summer programs that had funding unexpectedly redirected after the program had already begun hiring staff and enrolling students. Thanks to their coordinated efforts and the work of the Campaign for Children, the New York City Mayor’s office has announced that the $27.7 million intended for summer programs will be fully restored for this summer. This is a big win for students and parents throughout the city and shows what can be accomplished when advocates rally together around a common message and agenda for New York’s children. Additional information can be found in these articles from The Post and Capital New York.

Greenburgh Afterschool Program’s Civic-Minded Radio Show

Every Wednesday at the Greenburgh Town Hall, students from a local afterschool program produce and broadcast a radio program where public officials and civic leaders are interviewed by the ten-year old reporters. The Xposure Greenburgh Fun Finance Radio show is an innovative program, funded by the Xposure Foundation Inc., providing students with an opportunity to develop valuable communication skills while sharing their experiences with each other and their audience.

Read more about the Xposure Greenburgh Fun Finance Radio here and tune in every Wednesday at 4:30 pm to watch these student reporters in action. The broadcast can be found here and past shows can be found on the Xposure YouTube page.

Do you have a story about a New York program you would like shared? Email Alli Lidie and your story could appear in a future NYSAN Digest.

Funding Opportunities & Competitions


NY STEAM Mini-Grants
Deadline: June 5, 2015

The National Girls Collaborative Project has announced a new round of mini-grants to support STEAM outreach projects in New York. These $1,000 mini-grants are awarded to girl-serving STEAM focused programs to support collaboration and address gaps in service to children and youth. The grant application is now open and available here.

American Honda Association Grants

Deadline: August 1, 2015

Grants ranging from $20,000 to $75,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations providing STEM-based programming to youth. If your organization is interested in learning more about this funding opportunity, visit the American Honda Association webpage.

Best Buy Foundation: Youth Technology Program

Deadline: November 1, 2015

Best Buy is looking for nonprofit organizations that have experience in building 21st century skills in youth through out-of-school time programs. Programs should utilize technology to help students develop the skills needed to become fluent in digital learning and help them prepare for future success in their careers. If your program is currently providing similar programming for students, find more information on this grant opportunity here

Upcoming Events

6/2-6/3: Youth Development Research Update

Join youth practitioners and Cornell University researchers to discuss issues around the development of children and adolescents. This two-day conference will be held June 2-3 in Ithaca, NY. Registration is available here

6/19: Summer Learning Day

Kick off summer with the National Summer Learning Association by recognizing the high-quality summer learning opportunities that help make a difference in reducing the effects of summer learning loss. If your organization is holding a Summer Learning Day event, make sure to add it to the map on this webpage, or use the map to find an event to attend.

6/30: SciGirls Training - Greater Capital Region Teacher Center

The National Girls Collaborative Project will be holding a workshop from 8:30am – 3:00pm on June 30th in Schenectady, NY that will focus on inquiry-based STEM instruction to encourage girls to choose careers in science, technology, engineering and math. This training is designed for educators working with students in grades 4-8. Visit the event webpage for more information here.  

7/13-7/17: NIOST Summer Seminars

The National Institute on Out-of-School Time will be holding professional development seminars for afterschool, out-of-school time, expanded day, summer camp, and youth development staff. Three sessions with unique tracks will be held from July 13-17 in Boston. More information can be found here.

7/20-7/22: Positive Youth Development Institute

The Positive Youth Development Institute and Summer Training Academy will be held at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine from July 20-22. Registration is open. This conference is open to all and is designed for providers from all states in the north east. Visit the webpage for more information

7/28: PASE @ PACE Conference

Register for the 2015 PASE @ Pace Conference, held in New York City on July 28. This city-wide conference brings together hundreds of professionals from afterschool programs, higher education, government, advocacy groups, and private and corporate foundations. Find more information here.

9/24: Broome County Youth Collaborative Conference:  An Interactive Youth Community Action Event

The Broome County Youth Collaborative Conference will include speakers, professional development workshops, youth performances, and a chance for those in the youth development field to network and share stories with their peers. For more information, contact the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County at 607-772-8953.

10/12: Capital District Child Care Council's Annual Conference

Save the date for the Capital District Child Care Council’s annual conference, held on Monday, October 12 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY. This conference will provide a specific track for school-age care providers. 

10/12-10/14: National Conference on Summer Learning

The National Summer Learning Association’s 2015 Summer Changes Everything conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland from October 12-14! As the only national conference dedicated to summer learning, organizations and administrators have the opportunity to learn how to strengthen their staff and get the most from their programs. Registration is now open and can be found on the conference website.  

10/16-10/17: Asia Society - Penn GSE Global Education Forum

The Global Education Forum will be held on October 16 and 17 in Philadelphia, PA. Through a series of keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, and networking opportunities, participants will explore how to engage and prepare students for a global world. More information can be found on the conference website

11/14: AfterSchool Works: the New York State Afterschool Network Annual Conference

Our annual conference will be held on Saturday, November 14 in Rochester, NY at the DoubleTree Hotel. This year’s conference will include workshops on social-emotional learning, managing difficult behaviors, and will even include two STEM tracks for front-line staff and supervisors to better understand how to implement STEM learning into their programs. The conference webpage with registration information will be made available shortly! 

If you have content you’d like featured in a future Digest, questions about anything that appears here, or any other feedback you would like to share, contact Alli Lidie, Policy & Communications Coordinator, at

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