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.

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Nebraska Afterschool Conference

September 22, 2023

Registration for the GetConnected Afterschool Conference 2023 is now open! On Friday September 22, 2023, we’ll be the CHI Health Convention Center in Omaha and have a lot of great things in-store.
In-person registration is $90 and includes:
  •  Access to 36 break-out sessions and two keynote addresses from Silva Raker the CEO of the Luminarium in Omaha, Nebraska; and Dr. Stephanie M. Jones, the Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Child Development and Education and Director of the EASEL Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  • You will receive Why Play Works: Big Changes Start Small by Jill Vialet.  The book explores intersectionality between play and racial equity, gender equity, science and play theory, and more.
  •  Opportunity to network with representatives of over 25 community organizations with resources to support out-of-school time programming and 500 conference participants.
  •  Personalized business cards to use as you network with community organizations and out-of-school time educators.
  • Access to 18 recorded presentations after the conference.
  •  Breakfast, lunch, and door prizes.
Virtual registration is $45 and includes six streamed sessions throughout the day:
  •  Live streamed keynote from Silva Raker the CEO of the Luminarium in Omaha, Nebraska will kick-off the conference.
  • The afternoon keynote will be from Dr. Stephanie M. Jones, the Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Child Development and Education and Director of the EASEL Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  •  Virtual participants will choose from up to 16 virtual workshops during the breakout sessions.
  • Access to all 18 of the recorded presentations after the conference.
  •  Technical support available throughout the day of the conference.