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December 2016 – January 2017
Share Your Thoughts on ESSA

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is hosting a series of public meetings to receive feedback on Pennsylvania's state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Passed with bipartisan agreement, ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind Act and provides significant flexibility around federal education policy by shifting authority back to states and communities. The new framework under ESSA largely goes into effect in the 2017-18 school year, with 2016-17 serving as a transition year. Under ESSA, Pennsylvania is expected to submit its state plan in March and expected to continue interventions in priority and focus schools through the 2016-17 school year. PDE will provide background on the law and discuss the ongoing development of Pennsylvania's state plan for its implementation.

Because afterschool is such an integral part of educational improvement, the different funding streams in the law may be used to provide afterschool programming:

  • Title I school improvement funds for afterschool and summer programs
  • Title II, Part B to provide grants for literacy instruction in partnership with afterschool programs
  • Title IV, Part A funds to support STEM and college and career readiness opportunities in afterschool and summer programs

Afterschool advocates are encouraged to review materials, especially The Every Student Succeeds Act in Pennsylvania: Recommendations from Stakeholder Work Groups and Associated Research, and
provide comments to PDE.

Public Meeting Schedule
No need to register

Friday, December 2, 9:30 AM
Community College of Allegheny County
Main Campus in the Tom Forester Student Services Center Auditorium
808 Ridge Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Thursday, December 8, 2:30 PM
Tom Ridge Environmental Center
Erie, PA

Friday, December 9, 1:00 PM
Lock Haven University
Lock Haven, PA

Friday, December 16
Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, January 4
Quakertown, PA

Tuesday, January 10
Scranton, PA

Visit the PDE website for updates on dates, times and locations.



Out-of-school time (OST) programs in Pennsylvania serve K-12 and are available before- and afterschool, including weekends and summer. PSAYDN, with the generous support from foundations, EECapacity and Harrisburg University, has led the development of the state's only online, searchable database that identifies all OST (afterschool) programs in Pennsylvania. The OST map is a culmination of this effort. Using existing state lists of licensed school-age childcare providers (OCDEL) and statewide surveys, a listing of nearly 5,000 OST programs are available to date. STEM-rich institutions are being identified and also added.

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Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network promotes sustainable, high-quality out-of-school time youth development programs.

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