Registration Open for Virtual Oregon Afterschool Conference 2020

OPEN_MINDS_GRAPHICS5 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the recording HERE and 8.27.2020 Slides HERE.We also had a call on September 8th to review fall Camp & Youth Program Draft Guidance, watch the recording HERE.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).


Excerpt from Letter on Equity from OregonASK

For the last 15 years, our vision at OregonASK has always been that ALL Oregon children and youth are prepared for success in school, career, and life, fostered through access to high-quality afterschool and summer programs. During these years we have always been grateful for our diverse membership and how the programs we serve around the state care for their youth and communities. We have also known that the opportunities for youth in Oregon are not equitable.
I am deeply saddened at recent violent acts of racism, based on a history of inequity and injustice. These events have caused immense sorrow and frustration across our community. As youth workers, children look up to us to teach them right from wrong.
The death—the murder—of George Floyd is wrong. Our country’s unrelenting, inequitable treatment of people of color is wrong. The systemic racism embedded in our society is simply wrong.
Unfortunately, for communities of color and the youth that out-of-school time providers serve, these acts are not standalone. To our colleagues of color, we see the extra burden you carry of living in a country that may feel unsafe and unjust. I want you to know that the Network is here to support you and to actively work to change those systems that support these inequities. To our white colleagues, we encourage you to continue your work in becoming actively antiracist and to always work towards being a better ally…these are not easy conversations. But they are critical.
Please read the full letter HERE. We are also encourage you to find more resources about anti-racism, equity, and the celebration of Juneteenth HERE.

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:SAG-covers-who-i-am-ages5-9-2logos-768x994

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 bethany.thramer@oregonask.org or directly to OHA.


When Schools Are Closed SLIDEHow 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.

See our full list of dates on our emergency preparedness page.


QY_nJcXgConnect 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 general@oregonask.org. 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!


Welcome to the OregonASK website! Resources you’re looking for may have moved or may not be available online at this time. If there is something specific you’re looking for but can not find contact us here and we will do our best to find it for you.