Registration Open for Annual Oregon Afterschool Conference!

oac18-badge-01.pngOregonASK’s 2018 Afterschool Conference is approaching quickly – Don’t miss your chance to register at our Early Bird Rate of $89 before September 15th! Come Express Yourself while exploring methods to support and engage youth. Whether through art, music or words, explore ways for guiding youth in expressing themselves with confidence. This year’s conference will include 90-minute expression sessions and 2 hour workshops featuring topics such as; gender identity, future-ready skills, and cultural proficiency vs. cultural competency. We’ll have experts from local and national levels presenting on these topics as well as many other important issues that are encountered in Afterschool! Click Here to Register Now.

National Summer Learning Day Celebrated Around the Country!

This July, Summer Learning Day was celebrated in nearly 300 cities around the country, including here in Oregon. Read more here about Putting the Breaks on the Summer Slide.

Child Care and Development Fund State Plan 2019-2021 Open for Public Comment

The Child Care and Development Fund Plan maps Oregon’s response to federal requirements under the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014. The State plan serves as the application for Child Care and Development Fund allocations and provides descriptions of, and reassurances about, the State’s Child care program and services available to eligible families. See OregonASK’s comments Here.

Afterschool Alliance Partners with The Pear Institute to renew efforts for STEM learning

OregonASK is taking part in a collaborative effort to increase STEM learning across the nation. The efforts of this partnership will effect policy at a local, state, and federal level. We will take part in the Multi-State Afterschool STEM Summer Survey to help provide more data to help increase the access people have to high quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs. If you are interested in participating in the Summer Survey, you can Apply Here or contact with questions.

Afterschool Access & Equity Survey

CLICK HERE to find out more about the Afterschool Access & Equity Survey that OregonASK has undertaken as part of our Opportunity Grant. The goal of this data collection project is to identify barriers to accessing afterschool programs as well as equitable practices within the field. Our hope is to identify where gaps in service may exist to be able to effectively advocate for more funding and resources to support quality expanded learning opportunities for all youth in Oregon. We will be collecting survey responses in the Portland Metro and targeted rural communities  before June 1st. If you have questions or would like links to the Site Staff or Youth surveys, you can reach us at


CLICK HERE to take the Management Survey: If you are a program manager, coordinator, or director of an afterschool program for school aged children that takes place during the school year, you should take this survey. General areas of data collection include: Program enrollment, program demographics, program cost, funding, and general program information.

Making the Case for Summer Learning…

A recent article titled, The ‘shadow education system’: How wealthier students benefit from art, music, and theater over the summer while poor kids miss out, shares about an analysis that demonstrates some of the impacts of accessing summer learning activities such as museum trips, concerts and historical sites.

New Research on Easy, Affordable SEL Practices

As the prominence of social and emotional learning (SEL) to support students’ development in school and beyond continues to grow in education circles, challenges implementing SEL programming have also arisen. The latest issue brief in a series supported by The Wallace Foundation, Kernels of Practice for SEL: Low-Cost, Low-Burden Strategies, offers a valuable approach to lower barriers that programs may face when looking to incorporate SEL programming. Learn More Here!

Afterschool and Workforce: Bridging Systems to Serve Older Youth

Afterschool and Summer programs are working to close the gap between student skills and employability skills. Not only are these programs helping connect students to careers but they’re opening up new career interests and passions. Read more here

New Guide Offers Advice to Districts on Marketing Summer Programs to Parents and Students

The national summer learning project- a collaboration between five urban school districts and their community partners, the RAND corporation and the Wallace Foundation- has found that five week, high-quality, voluntary attendance summer learning programs can help students improve in math and reading.


Check out the new website and written guide for tools and advice for recruitment ideas!

What do you know about OregonASK’s partners?

OregonASK is built on partnership- from the local to national networks we are members of- we know that collaboration and connection are the basis of community and the best way to support children. Learn more about OregonASK’s partners on our partners page– including how you can get involved!

Thank You to All who joined our Legislative Round Table in Salem on March 6th!

Although the state legislature ended their 2018 legislative session early, partners from around Oregon joined us in Salem for an engaging discussion on supporting student success through expanded learning opportunities. Thank you to Representative Smith Warner, Senator Wyden’s staff and Speaker of the House Tine Kotek’s staff for participating in the discussion and continuing to support the needs of Oregon youth and families. We look forward to seeing legislative action in the future that will strengthen capacity, sustainability and quality of expanded learning opportunities throughout Oregon. Keep updated on Policy Alerts this spring and summer as we continue to advocate for state and federal support, including the continuation of federal 21st Century Community Learning Center funding in FY 2019.



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