The South Dakota Afterschool Network works to better our state and its communities by connecting providers, parents and policymakers with proven tools and resources to increase the quality of and access to out-of-school time programming for K-12 children and youth.

Afterschool is a lifeline that keeps youth safe, helps kids learn and grow, and provides parents the ability to work without worry. While South Dakota is home to more than 300 afterschool programs, the demand for programs exceeds available spaces. In fact, 1 in 3 South Dakota children (34 percent) who are not in an afterschool program would be enrolled if it were available. That’s more than 42,000 children who are missing out on opportunities to participate in programming that supports their development academically, socially and economically.

Afterschool can provide valuable opportunities for students to explore STEM, and we are here to help your program succeed in STEM Learning! From webinars and trainings to our signature TMC Trailers that bring turnkey STEM activities to your doorstep, our diverse collection of resources meets you and your students where you are and provides the support you need to deliver quality programming to your students at any age. 

The South Dakota Afterschool Network wanted to create a mapping tool to better understand the landscape of afterschool and summer programs available for children and families. From the initial launch of the new mapping tool, we have identified some startling findings.

Afterschool Professionals Week

South Dakota Afterschool Network is celebrating Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week on April 25-29, 2022, to recognize, appreciate and advocate for those who work with young people during out-of-school hours.

We are joining the effort because we know that the research shows Afterschool Professionals make a profound difference in the lives of young people. We encourage you to join us in thanking the afterschool professionals in your life.

Here are some ideas on how you to show your appreciation:

  • Declare on social media: “Research shows that Afterschool professionals make a profound difference in the lives of young people. #heartofafterschool.”
  • Give a hand-written card to an afterschool professional in your life.
  • Send an email to an afterschool professional’s supervisor describing why that person is appreciated.
  • Make healthy or non-food treats for the staff at your afterschool program. For more resources and information check out www.heartofafterschool.com.

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