Reopening Programs

As communities and states begin to emerge from lockdowns, afterschool and summer learning programs are developing plans to welcome young people back through their doors. There are significant considerations programs need to undertake in order to successfully and safely reopen. To help afterschool and summer learning programs through this process, we’ve curated a number of resources, guides, and examples to help you develop a plan — and collaborate with your school system — to safely care for children and youth.

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Training and Professional Development – November

Training and Professional Development – November

ACRES Moonshot Virtual STEM Coach  Receive a $500 stipend to attend training plus $1000 for every cohort you coach. Applications due November 23rd — Sign up today! Are you an afterschool leader and looking to build capacity for STEM engagement in your afterschool...

Training and Professional Development – October

Training and Professional Development – October

ACRES Training Cohort: Facilitating Engineering Practices  Dates: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST on the following Tuesdays: 10/4/2022, 10/18/2022, 11/01/2022  Engineering has become a staple of STEM programming for youth. How can we confidently bring engineering into our...

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.