Illinois Quality Afterschool (IQA) Quarterly

Spring 2018

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In This Issue

  • Afterschool Focus: Afterschool and School Climate
  • Program Profile: Park Forest–Chicago Heights X-STEAM 21st CCLC Sets Thermostat for Program Climate
  • News from the Field: Community Connections Through Art and Storytelling at CAPE 21st CCLC

Afterschool Focus

Afterschool and School Climate

Students have better academic and social and emotional outcomes if they feel safe, supported, challenged, and accepted. How can 21st CCLC programs foster a positive climate in school and afterschool settings?

Program Profile

Park Forest–Chicago Heights X-STEAM 21st CCLC Sets Thermostat for Program Climate

In addition to academic and enrichment activities, Park Forest–Chicago Heights X-STEAM 21st CCLC program is committed to providing a positive climate for everyone involved. Strategies include the program’s mission, staff development, student-centered programming, and more.

News from the Field

Community Connections Through Art and Storytelling at CAPE 21st CCLC

For the past three years, students at Chicago Arts Partnership in Education (CAPE) 21st CCLC program have been partnering with local artists to explore relationships between the classroom and their communities and to tell their neighborhoods’ stories. Through arts integration, the artists and classroom teachers collaborate to integrate music, visual arts, dance, digital media, and drama into their academic lessons.

Recommended Resources

Summer Learning Recruitment Guide

If your 21st CCLC is offering summer programming, be sure to check out this summer learning recruitment guide from the Wallace Foundation. The guide includes strategies for messaging and recruitment, and a list of essential, recommended, and optional recruitment tactics.

Exploring the Environment in Afterschool

Interested in providing environmental education in your afterschool program? This archived webinar from the Afterschool Alliance shares tools, resources, and curricula for offering environmental education in afterschool. Presenters include experts from Plum Landing, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Science Action Club. Free registration is required to watch the webinar.

Information for Grantees

Important Dates and Events

Grants and Other Opportunities

Travelers provides funding to support initiatives that improve academic and career success for youth who are disadvantaged. Focus areas include initiatives in middle and high school achievement, college preparation and degree attainment, career awareness and readiness, and education equity. Learn more on the Travelers website.

Kaboom and Dr Pepper Snapple Group are offering "Build It Yourself" grants that allow organizations to purchase playground equipment. Grantees will lead their community through a self-guided planning process, using $15,000 grants towards the cost of playground equipment and assembling the playground using the KaBOOM! community-build model. Learn more on the KaBoom! website.

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