Illinois Quality Afterschool Quarterly - Spring 2016

In This Issue

Spring 2016

Student with chef hat and food
  Photo courtesy Dawes Elementary School


Afterschool Focus: Community Partnerships >
Program Profile: Chicago Public Schools’ 21st CCLC at Dawes Elementary >
News from the Field: Cooking from Scratch at Springfield Urban League’s 21st CCLC >
Recommended Resources >
Information for Grantees >
Join Us Online >


Afterschool Focus: Community Partnerships

Community partnerships are much more than a name or a program requirement. They are associated with high-quality afterschool programming. They also provide opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom and connect their learning with the real world.
Read more about community partnerships. >

Program Profile: Chicago Public Schools’ 21st CCLC at Dawes Elementary

How do you develop thriving partnerships that benefit your 21st CCLC program, your school, and the community? Ask the team at the 21st CCLC site at Dawes Elementary School.
Learn more about Dawes Elementary 21st CCLC. >

News from the Field: Cooking from Scratch at Springfield Urban League’s 21st CCLC

Not many high school students can prepare a home-cooked meal from scratch, but it’s a regular occurrence at Springfield Urban League’s 21st CCLC program at Springfield High School. Thanks to a partnership with St. John’s Hospital, students are getting hands-on experience with cooking skills and an introduction to the possibilities of culinary education.
Learn more about Springfield Urban League 21st CCLC. >

Recommended Resources

Funders’ Guide to Quality in Out-of-School Time

Grantmakers for Education has just released a new resource that provides recommendations to grantmakers about how they can increase quality in out-of-school time through local, regional, statewide, and national grantmaking and other strategies. While written for funders, this resource provides useful insights for afterschool practitioners who want to work with foundations and similar organizations.
Download the guide. >

Afterschool in Rural Communities

The Afterschool Alliance has just released their 2016 America After 3PM special report, The Growing Importance of Afterschool in Rural Communities. As the report notes, 8 in 10 consistently poor communities are rural. Afterschool and summer learning programs hold enormous potential to fill the gaps in rural communities while also helping these communities prosper.
Download the report. >

Keeping Schools Healthy from Cafeterias to Fundraisers

Many schools—and afterschool programs—rely on food-based fundraisers to meet annual budgets. Unfortunately, the foods used in school fundraisers are traditionally high in fat, sodium, and sugar, working against schools’ goals of keeping students healthy. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has tools and resources about the USDA’s Smart Snacks standards and champions healthier fundraising strategies that can help your program raise money and support healthy eating.
Read the tools and strategies. >


Information for Grantees

Important Dates and Events

  • April 19 — Spring Conference Presenter's Webinar
  • May 2 — Pre-conference Networking Session
  • May 3 — 2016 Spring Conference
  • May 11 — Webinar: Topic—Equity, Access, and Excellence
  • June 1 — Summer 2016 Resource Bulletin Release
  • July 13 — Summer 2016 Newsletter Release

ISBE Student Advisory Council

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) seeks high school students to share their input on state education issues as part of its Student Advisory Council. Students who will start the upcoming school year as a sophomore, junior, or senior in an Illinois public high school are eligible to apply for 1 of 12 open spots. Interested candidates must submit the application and essays by 5 p.m. May 27. If you have questions, please contact Vince Camille at (217) 782-5396 or
Learn more and download the application. >

Illinois School Wellness Conference

Registration is open for Illinois Action for Healthy Kids’ ninth annual Illinois School Wellness Conference. This year’s conference will be held on April 28 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. The event is intended for school administrators, educators, physical education teachers, school food personnel, school nurses, school health/wellness team members, board members and other leaders of health organizations, students, and community advocates. For more information, contact Illinois State Coordinator Ryan Monroe at
Learn more and register for the conference. >

Grants and Other Opportunities

GetEdFunding. GetEdFunding is a free grant-finding resource dedicated to helping educators and institutions identify the funding they need. The resource hosts a collection of thousands of grants and opportunities available from federal, state, regional, and community sources. It is available to public and private preK–12 schools, school districts, and educators; higher education institutions; and nonprofit organizations that work with them. For more information, visit the GetEdFunding website.

CarMax Foundation.The CarMax Foundation supports high-quality programs in the areas of education, youth leadership, and children’s healthy living. Learn more on the CarMax Foundation’s website.

Fruit Tree 101 Grants. Fruit Tree 101 is a program that brings fruit tree orchards to schoolyards. Orchard donations involve, on average, about 20–25 trees minimum (the foundation does not currently offer single trees) to public schools. The trees, materials, orchard installation design work, and onsite environmental curriculum with students are all donated, free of charge for the benefit of the school and its students. Learn more on the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation website.

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