Learn more about the benefits of afterschool, out of school time and summer learning programs by joining the Afterschool Caucus. Learn how to build support for afterschool programs and increase resources for quality afterschool care. Please contact Jake Smeltz, Chief of Staff for Senator Aument, to join the Afterschool Caucus.
2018 Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador Program: Developing STEM Policy Leaders in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN), with training facilitation support from the National STEM Education Coalition and the Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC), has opened up applications for the 2018 Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador program. This is a 10-month advocacy-training program targeted to leaders in business, education and/or STEM-related fields to meet directly with Pennsylvania policymakers, stakeholders and elected officials to help shape STEM policy in the Commonwealth. The program cultivates strategic partnerships with local, state and federal leaders to advance STEM policy goals that help build tomorrow’s workforce.
Pennsylvania’s STEM vision entails:
Additional program details are available at www.psaydn.org. Please consider forwarding the information to constituents/staff/businesses for consideration. Sponsorship opportunities for organizations are available on the PSAYDN website. Applications must be submitted by January 26, 2018. Click here to apply.
Afterschool Advocates Testify at Joint House Policy Committee Hearing
Joint House Policy Committee members during STEM Ecosystem hearing
Left to right: Matthew Stem, Pennsylvania Department of Education; Julie Stolzer, Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM; Laura Saccente, PA Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network
Afterschool advocates testified on Monday, November 20, 2017 at a joint bipartisan hearing that focused on STEM Education Opportunities and their contributions to building a strong and vibrant workforce in the commonwealth.
Republicans and Democrats in the state legislature learned about several distinguished informal STEM learning environments, such as afterschool and summer learning programs and their partnerships with STEM Learning Ecosystems that are gaining national recognition and educating youth across Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Lights on Afterschool 2017 Celebration
Left to right: Facilitator Kristen Rotz, President, United Way of Pennsylvania; Suzann Morris, Deputy Secretary of Office of Child Development and Early Learning; Matthew Stem, Deputy Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education; Abby Smith, Director of Education and Workforce Development, Team Pennsylvania Foundation; Carrie Amann, Deputy Secretary of Policy and Planning, Office of the Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
In attendance were commonwealth staff, advocates, educators, legislators and community leaders who discussed an array of afterschool, out-of-school time and summer learning opportunities. Afterschool Caucus staff were instrumental in leading discussions with attendees at the conference.
Jim Cawley, Vice-President of Institutional Advancement, Temple University; former Lieutenant Governor
Nearly 80 stakeholders from across the commonwealth heard from experts about policy development, coordination of quality initiatives and sustainability; and formal and informal educators and advocates worked directly with the invited panelists to examine and solve particular partnership challenges.
Left to right: Facilitator Kristen Rotz, President, United Way of Pennsylvania; Judd Pittman, Special Consultant to the Secretary of Education for STEM, Pennsylvania Department of Education; Blake Lynch, NextGen PA; Sean Crampsie, Government Affairs Manager, Pennsylvania School Board Association; Joel Miller, Deputy Director, Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board; Jeff Ney, Treasurer, Pennsylvania State Education Association; Mark DiRocco, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators.
The ninth cohort of 21st CCLC programs will be underway this academic school year. Forty-seven programs will open their doors for children during the afterschool hours and during the summer.
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant is a competitive grant that provides federal funding to establish community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for students and their families. These opportunities must occur during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session to help students attending high-poverty and low-performing schools to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects. Centers must also offer students a broad array of activities that can complement their regular academic programs, to offer literacy and other educational services to their families.
May 2, 2018 is Afterschool Advocacy Day
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