Illinois Quality Afterschool (IQA) Quarterly

Winter 2018

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In This Issue

  • Afterschool Focus: Academic Enrichment
  • Program Profile: Quincy Public Schools 21st CCLC
  • News from the Field: Meridian Community School District 101 21st CCLC

Afterschool Focus

Academic Enrichment

In this issue, we are taking a fresh look at academic enrichment in afterschool, including ways afterschool programs can support student academic achievement while maintaining the look and feel of an afterschool program.

Program Profile

Quincy Public Schools 21st CCLC

How does an afterschool program create an environment where students know they can come for a range of supports, including academic?

News from the Field

Meridian Community School District 101 21st CCLC

Meridian Community Unified School District 101 21st CCLC aims to provide opportunities that students do not have in school or in their communities.

Recommended Resources

Winter Activities

Looking for ways to keep winter fun? ExtendED Notes has some ideas. This list of winter activities provides ways for students to explore and enjoy winter. Activities include making frost and learning how blubber keeps animals warm.

The Growing Out-of-School Time Field (Part I)

The first of a two-part series, this webinar covers the newly released book, The Growing Out-of-School Time Field: Past, Present, and Future. It discusses how the field has grown and the role of expanded learning in promoting positive youth development, serving the needs of underserved communities, and the importance of continuous improvement.

Information for Grantees

Important Dates and Events

Grants and Other Opportunities

The New York Life Foundation is offering grants to help middle school out-of-school time programs help economically disadvantaged eighth-graders reach ninth grade on time. There are grants for $100,000, $50,000, and $15,000 depending on your overall program budget. The applications are due on January 26. Learn more on the Afterschool Alliance website.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for 21st CCLCs has been released and is located on the ISBE 21st CCLC website. Proposals are due to ISBE no later than 4 p.m. Feb. 15, 2018. These are competitive grants with funding beginning in fiscal year 2019. Links to data, webinars, and other resources for entities to use in preparing for the FY 2019 RFP can also be found on the 21st CCLC page. For questions, please contact Shayla Grantham at (217) 524-4832 or

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Copyright ©2018 by American Institute for Research. This publication was developed by AIR in 2018 and was funded by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) with support by the U.S. Department of Education. The content does not necessarily reflect the views of the AIR or any other source. This publication is in the public domain. Authorization to reproduce and disseminate it in whole or in part is granted as long as appropriate acknowledgment is given.