Registration Open for Virtual Oregon Afterschool Conference 2020
October 13th-22nd including a full day, multi-state experience with youth panels, keynote, and virtual lounge on October 16th. Check out flyer with the session descriptions HERE and get registered today for only $99.
This year’s conference will include a full day, multi-state virtual experience, as well as sessions presented by amazing OregonASK partners on Mental Health 101, Adopting Resilient Strategies for Youth & Adults, and Supporting Youth With Anti-Racist, Trauma Informed Approaches. Don’t miss out – Register NOW!
Staying Informed about Wildfires
Public Alerts can be accessed activated on most cellular devices and through individual county emergency systems such as; Portland Metro area HERE , Lane County HERE, Lincoln County HERE, Marion County HERE, Jefferson County HERE, Douglas County HERE, Jackson County HERE. Find out more about current fires being managed through the Emergency Management Wildfire Map HERE.
Discussing Current State Guidance for School Age Programs
We hosted a discussion August 27th with Alyssa Chatterjee from the Governor’s Office and Tami Scott from the Early Learning Division on current guidance that applies to school age programs for the fall. You can See the recording HERE and 8.27.2020 Slides HERE.We also had a call on September 8th to review fall Camp & Youth Program Draft Guidance, watch the recording HERE.
With the most recent Ready Schools, Safe Learners V3 Guidance and the Child Care & Early Education Guidance effective September 1st, please review and make sure if you plan to offer comprehensive care this fall you start your application for Emergency Child Care (if serving anyone under age 13).
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Making the Most of Summer in Oregon
There are also several great resources being developed for the 50 State Afterschool Network with leadership from the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network to engage and support children and youth nationwide. The Summer Activity Guides have engaging and fun activities, supports for staff, and family resources:
- Unit 5: Exploring My World
You can also check out the webinar recording from May 28th with National Summer Learning Association, Dr. Beth Tarasawa from Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), and American Camp Association showcasing summer resources to help recover together. Find out more about the Guidance for School Aged Day Camps and our call on Summer Nutrition with ODE on June 12. If you have further questions, you can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to OHA.
How can parents best support, nurture and educate their children when schools are closed?
While the widespread closure of schools, camps and summer programs makes sense from a public health standpoint, millions of parents are left feeling alone and overwhelmed. “When Schools Are Closed” is a new e-book that aims to provide parents with much needed guidance as well as 40 Digital Learning Kits for students in elementary and middle school. Written by the founder of the National Summer Learning Association, the book delivers immediate, practical advice to parents who are asking urgent questions about how best to support, nurture and educate their children during periods of social distancing and quarantine. Only $2.99 on Amazon.
Summer 2020 Training Schedule
To view a list of all trainings with their descriptions go to our upcoming professional development page by clicking here.
2 Weeks Ready Emergency Preparedness Online Trainings
COVID-19 has hit many Oregon communities hard. It has closed down the Oregon Public School System, many business’s, and has sky rocketed stress levels of everyone. This pandemic has tested the field of child care and afterschool on the ability to bob and weave as new hurdles arise. As a field, we’ve found out that we need more supports to put systems in place to be ready for an emergency. In response, OregonASK will be hosting online trainings on being 2 Weeks Ready. Participants will receive a FREE hour of registry credit in the core knowledge category HSN.
- Columbia Gorge on 7/14/20 Register Here
See our full list of dates on our emergency preparedness page.
Connect Your Staff this Summer
Mizzen by Mott; developed with and for afterschool professionals, Mizzen offers engaging content from organizations like Jazz at Lincoln Center, California Academy of
Sciences, VentureLab and others. The app also includes Pro Tips, scheduling and communications tools to support programs. To make Mizzen more useful in this moment, the app team added new sets of activity playlists and multi-week modules that can work well in small groups or home settings. The enhanced content focuses on students’ well-being; SEL; and engagement in STEM, arts, literacy, entrepreneurship and youth voice.
With support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the app and all of its content are free to afterschool providers. Download the app now!
There has been a lot of information flying around about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). OregonASK’s top priority is keeping our staff and communities healthy and happy. To ensure the slow the spread of the virus, OregonASK is taking some precautions that include:
- Working with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to provide up-to-date and accurate information about the virus
- Providing continuous updates on the status of COVID-19 in Oregon through various media channels
- Providing resources to continue to inform communities about the virus
- Have staff work remotely
We will continue supporting our statewide partners as best we can through virtual meetings and trainings. If you have questions or thoughts please contact us at email@example.com. For additional information and resources on COVID-19 and OregonASK’s response click here.
Check out all of our Afterschool Quality Program Videos and our Working Together video that helps tell the story of why we are in this together!
OregonASK is working to build awareness and shared language around quality expanded learning. We are working with partners around the state to demonstrate the work being done to build more opportunities for youth across the state. If you are interested in learning more about our Quest for Quality Afterschool Campaign and videos documenting quality afterschool across Oregon, check them out HERE or learn more about how we define the components of Quality in Afterschool & Summer Learning.
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!
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