Illinois Quality Afterschool (IQA) Quarterly

Fall 2017

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In This Issue

  • Afterschool Focus: Attendance
  • Program Profile: East Aurora USD 131 21st CCLC
  • News from the Field: Nicasa 21st CCLC

Afterschool Focus

The Role of Attendance in Afterschool

It is no secret that school attendance is key to student success. And several studies have found that students who participate in high-quality afterschool programs have improved school engagement and attendance.

Program Profile

East Aurora School District 131 21st CCLC

The District 131 afterschool program uses several strategies to encourage student attenence: engaging programming, strong relationships, collaboration with school-day staff, clear expectations, and a supportive environment.

News from the Field

Nicasa 21st CCLC Explores Service Learning

Each week, students from Nicasa 21st CCLC visit the Avon Township Food Pantry to spend 2–3 hours working for the hungry in their community.

Recommended Resources

Promoting Health and Fitness

Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America is offering teacher resources including Teacher’s Toolbox and the Download Library, which includes posters, curriculum, activity ideas, and more. Please note that some are free and others require an account or membership.

Supportive Climate and Culture

The Illinois Classrooms in Action website has resources to promote a positive climate and culture for educators, schools, and districts. The site includes classroom collaboration kits, family and community engagement resources, social and emotional learning supports, and links to a trauma-informed toolkit for educators.

Selecting STEM Activities for MakerSpace

This recorded webinar from Click2Science will help you find great making and tinkering activities for your program whether you have a dedicated MakerSpace, or have to pick up everything and put it away at the end of the day. Beyond just finding activities, this interactive webinar will prepare you to evaluate and adapt activities to maximize the learning experience.

Information for Grantees

Important Dates and Events

Grants and Other Opportunities

The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) is expanding its Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI 2.0) to offer funding to four Illinois communities to build systems of care that prevent, identify, and treat children’s mental and behavioral health problems. Visit the ILCHF website for more information and to apply. Applications for funding are due Feb. 1.

The Jewel-Osco Foundation supports causes that impact customers’ lives in the communities where Jewel-Osco stores are located. The foundation supports nonprofit organizations whose mission is aligned with the following priority areas: hunger, youth and education, veterans, and supporting diversity and inclusion of all abilities. Online applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Learn more on the Jewell-Osco Foundation website.

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