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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SD STEM Education Conference

February 1 @ 8:00 am - February 3 @ 5:00 pm

The 2024 South Dakota STEM Education Conference will feature a track specifically designed for elementary and informal educators like those in out-of-school time programs. Speakers will discuss ways to engage students in STEM and how to connect the learning that takes place during the school day with their afterschool experience.
Some of the topics include:
  • Tangible curriculum resources you can take home
  • Discussions on communication with school districts to obtain best outcomes for students
  • A plethora of field trip opportunities presented by education partners across the state
We strongly encourage any afterschool and/or summer program to send staff to this incredible professional development opportunity that can alter the trajectory of the programming your program offers students, in both STEM and beyond.
Register NOW and scroll below to see a list of available sessions to give you a sneak peek of the impactful professional development the SD STEM Education Conference has planned


February 1 @ 8:00 am
February 3 @ 5:00 pm
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Crossroads Event Center – Huron
Huron, South Dakota