Illinois Quality Afterschool (IQA) Quarterly

Spring 2020

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In This Issue

  • COVID-19 Updates
  • Afterschool Focus: Financial Literacy
  • Program Profile: DREAM 21st CCLC Teaches Financial Literacy through Community Partnerships
  • News from the Field: RISE 21st CCLC — Using the Arts to Foster Family Engagement

COVID-19 Updates

Information for Illinois Education Communities

We are sending this newsletter at a time when many of you are grappling with canceled classes and afterschool programs and worrying about your students, their families, and our communities. It is times like this when we see the value of the afterschool community. To help Illinois education communities stay up to date, ISBE is working in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to ensure they are providing the most current resources and guidance to support Illinois education communities regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

Afterschool Focus

Financial Literacy

Financial literacy is vital to achieving financial security. As afterschool practitioners, we can help youth learn and develop financial habits that will serve them through adulthood. Our afterschool programs can also help adults continue developing financial literacy so that they can work toward financial security and also teach their children.

Program Profile

DREAM 21st CCLC Teaches Financial Literacy through Community Partnerships

The team from West Chicago Elementary School District 33 21st CCLC, also known as Determination, Respect, Education, Action, and Motivation (DREAM), sees financial literacy as a vital component of the life skills that students acquire in their afterschool program. To teach financial literacy, the 21st CCLC employs a range of activities, resources, and partnerships.

News from the Field

RISE 21st CCLC — Using the Arts to Foster Family Engagement

The Resources Invested in School Enrichment (RISE) 21st CCLC program at the Frida Kahlo Community Organization (FKCO) celebrates students, their families, and the community. This focus is a natural extension of FKCO’s mission to serve greater Chicago’s Latino community in the areas of immigration services, education, health, and leadership development. Because of this focus, family engagement is central to the 21st CCLC program’s activities.

Recommended Resources

ISBE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is working in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to ensure the provision of the most current resources and guidance to support Illinois education communities regarding the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation and ISBE will continue to share up-to-date information as it becomes available. 

Social and Emotional Learning Professional Development

You for Youth (Y4Y), the U.S. Department of Education’s web portal for 21st CCLC grantees, has a new social and emotional learning (SEL) professional development course for afterschool practitioners. The course includes an introduction to SEL, implementation strategies, and a section on coaching your staff. It also links to customizable tools and a “learn more” library.

Information for Grantees

Important Dates and Events

Grants and Other Opportunities

The Big Lots Foundation is offering grants to nonprofit organizations that help improve and enrich the lives of families and children. The foundation provides grantees with monetary gifts, gift cards, and merchandise in-kind. The deadline for fall-winter requests is July 1. Learn more on the Big Lots Foundation website.

The Captain Planet Foundation is providing ecoTech™ Grants to support projects that leverage technology to achieve effective or innovative environmental outcomes (this does not include simply adding iPads, tablets, or other smart devices to a project). Available as cash grants of $2,500, these grants support the purchase of materials and other expenses required to implement the project. Learn more on the ecoTech Grants website.

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