Month: April 2020

Almost all afterschool staff say that they do not get enough professional development due to lack of time, money, coverage and other factors. Girls, minorities, and low income/underserved students experience significant challenges in gaining access to programs offering technology and STEAM activities.

To ensure our funders’ understanding of your professional development and programming needs, we are asking afterschool site staff who deliver programming, to complete this 4-minute survey by April 30, 2020. If you have any questions regarding the survey, contact PSAYDN.

As we secure the basic safety of our homes and communities, we must not forget the important, once-a-decade 2020 U.S. Census currently underway. The information collected by this nationwide counting effort will shape public spending, research and decision-making for the next ten years, from federal education, health and infrastructure allocations to the number of seats each state occupies in the House of Representatives. An accurate census count ensures that communities have the resources they need to respond to emergencies and thrive in less turbulent times.

Advocates had planned robust in-person campaigns to guide families to participate, but such gatherings are not possible, for now. Advocates are quickly turning to online resources to encourage all families to take part in the 2020 U.S. Census.

The outbreak of COVID-19 raises questions and concerns for all of us. We are gathering examples of effective guidance for programs, and issues you might want to consider. Send any guidance you have received, questions you have, suggestions, best practices, questions you are struggling with to the Afterschool Alliance and they will share them.

Kannapolis City Schools has been hard at work making 3-D printed face shields and holders for Atrium Health. Superintendent Dr. Chip Buckwell was contacted by someone who had a family member at Atrium who was looking for face shield gear and he figured the school system had the capability of helping out.

Advocates, educators and parents say that kids with disabilities are particularly vulnerable as schools shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus and turn to remote learning. In fact, when school districts first closed, some opted not to provide distance learning to any students, in part out of concerns that they would not be able to effectively serve kids in special education and would face lawsuits as a result.

The real hardship a closure creates for poorer families is a huge blind spot for the upper middle-class public. When children stay home from school, particularly younger children, a parent often has to stay home with them. Many parents do not have paid leave or jobs that allow them to work from home, leading to a financial squeeze. This squeeze is doubly hard for single-parent households.

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