Mind the Gap Spring Conference April 12th & 13th
Register now to attend the 2019 early childhood and school age spring conference presented in partnership with OregonASK and Oregon Association for Education of Young Children (ORAEYC). This year, there is a focus on addressing gaps in our system of serving children and families, such as: the transition from early childhood programs into school, moving from school day to afterschool, communication between parents and providers, gaps in equitable service, gaps in professional development, gaps between providers, and the gap between decision-makers and the people who do the work.
The conference will take place in Albany and Linn Benton Community College on April 12th & 13th. You may register for 1 or 2 days, and select each session you plan to attend ahead of time. Additional session descriptions and registration information found HERE.
Taking Care of the Hearts of Afterschool
February is a time when love is in the air and we show our appreciation for those we care about, like the afterschool professionals who work hard in programs all over Oregon. It seems only fitting that February is National Heart Month. Many organizations are raising awareness on the importance of heart health and providing tips and tools on their websites. This month we want to encourage our hardworking partners to help us raise awareness on heart health and check out resources like:
- American Heart Association– Provides facts and tips on heart health.
- Food Hero– Healthy, easy, culturally diverse, and kid approved recipes
- NIH: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute– Facts, tips and social media materials
- Action for Healthy Kids– Tips and activities to do in your program
- Kids Heart Challenge: Fundraising and awareness building opportunity
Looking for our new OregonASK AmeriCorps VISTAs!
Health & Wellness and My Brother’s Keeper
OregonASK is looking for passionate candidates interested in working on state systems to support our Health & Wellness and My Brother’s Keeper/Access & Equity work. These are both one year positions, ready to start when you are. Read the Health & Wellness description and Apply Here.
NEW REPORT FROM ASPEN INSTITUTE: A Nation at Hope
The Aspen Institute released the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and
Academic Development Final Report on January 15th. The release of “From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope” is filled with profound hope on how we can foster in our children the knowledge, skills, and character to make better lives and a better country.
This report emphasizes translating how people learn into practice and helping students learning skills like collaboration, empathy, and perseverance requires systemic change. This understanding is fueling a growing movement of young people, educators, parents, researchers, leaders in business and civil rights and communities from across the country. Science has made clear that children learn best when we teach them as whole people, and schools and communities are recognizing that they can no longer separate academics and students’ broader development. To view the whole report, click here.
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. If you have questions or would like links to the Site Staff or Youth surveys, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Are you getting ready for Summer already?
We know it is hard to believe summer is just around the corner but when it comes to making plans for families, now is the time to get started. You can take a look at National Summer Learning Association materials on Summer Starts in September or reach out to find local partners who may be able to help increase access to quality summer learning opportunities for more youth across Oregon. Read our Smart Summers Report or find Joint Committee on Student Success Recommendations on supporting youth during the summer months to help all youth find success in life.
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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