July 10, 2024

This is your weekly newsletter featuring program spotlights, innovative resources, and training opportunities for the out-of-school-time industry in Florida. Together, we can ensure all children and youth in Florida have access to affordable, available, high-quality expanded learning opportunities to foster their success in school and beyond.

NEXT WEEK is National Summer Learning Week!

Mark your calendars: July 15-19, 2024, is National Summer Learning Week! National Summer Learning Week is an annual celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of summer learning for kids. Every year, the National Summer Learning Association shares themed days to help participants highlight the essential supports summer learning programs offer young people.

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Tallahassee nonprofit encourages young girls to 'Dare to Dream'

Since 2005, Dare to Dream Young Girls has served over 5,000 girls with afterschool programs, summer camps, workshop events and spa days. The nonprofit is dedicated to empowering and nurturing girls ages 7 to 11, into well-rounded young women, by teaching them skills and trades like fashion designing and cooking. The girls sit through etiquette lessons, babysitting workshops and art lessons.

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Vester Station's Marine Science Summer Camp returns to learning after Ian causes a gap year

It's been two years since FGCU's Vester Marine & Environmental Science Research Field Station has heard young voices engaged in learning about estuaries, beaches, mud, and animals at the facility's Marine Science Summer Camp.

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Florida Panthers Summer Reading Tour dates announced

One of the coolest summer programs offered by the Florida Panthers is back for another year. The program is a collaboration between the Panthers and Broward County Library and is part of their Summer Learning Program.

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Summer learning programs and competitive spelling in Tampa Bay

On this episode of Florida Matters, you'll hear from the United Way Suncoast about summer programs and other ways to stop the so-called "summer slide." You'll also hear about the pressure of competitive spelling, and what the spelling bee can teach you about life, from the spelling bee coach working with winners from the area.

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Florida ranks fifth in nation for education, according to yearly nonprofit ranking

The Annie E. Casey Foundation releases its Kids Count data, every year, tracking child welfare throughout the country based on a number of different factors.

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Afterschool Professionals Provide Insights Helping Prime Time to Offer Responsive Efforts in Real Time

The Satisfaction Survey was completed by out-of-school time (OST) practitioners in late May and early June. Below we are sharing the results that are shaping the next few years of Prime Time. This blog is an opportunity to share what we found and why we think it’s important. 

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By the numbers: Florida state universities make steady gains in STEM degrees - Tampa Bay Business Journal

The percentage of STEM degrees awarded across the 12 state universities rose steadily over the last five years and now account for around 30% of both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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Youth voice in afterschool STEM: Peeking behind the curtain

STEM learning in afterschool has really taken off over the past decade and there is little doubt of the importance of these spaces for engaging young people with STEM. The most recent America After 3PM study tells us that 73% of afterschool programs offer STEM and that 72% of parents look for these opportunities when choosing a program for their children.

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LEARNING FROM OTHERS: Summer learning: This Colorado district created a program to help students learning English

Westminster held a summer program this month to help students learning English as a new language, especially newcomer children, keep practicing and developing their skills.

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Afterschool STEM policy updates: June 2024

With summer upon us, the country’s economy–and its STEM advocates–remain focused on fulfilling the promise of the CHIPS and Science Act and developing the associated workforce. At the same time, policymakers are trying to stay ahead of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential for transforming so many industries and jobs, as well as education. There are many policies on the proverbial table with potential implications for afterschool STEM.

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ACRES: "Asking Purposeful Questions"


Three-Part Webinar: Thursdays July 11, July 18, July 25 from 11AM-1PM


Looking for in-service hours?? Florida After School has partnered with ACRES, a free coaching resource for out-of-school time providers and or programs, to provide a peer learning community on Asking Purposeful Questions. ACRES strive is to guide educators or after-school staff with the knowledge and confidence to facilitate STEM in their after-school programs. Asking Purposeful Question Description: Questions are the beginning of a path towards discover, imagination, and STEM Exploration.

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Grade Level Reading (GLR) Learning Tuesdays


Webinar: Tuesdays July 16, July 23, July 30 from 3PM-4:30PM


CGLR Learning Tuesdays affirms the Campaign's commitment to get better at getting better by learning with and from each other. We are using these webinars as a portal through which to access and explore the best science, ideas, and programs.

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Teen Science Cafe Fellows- 2024-2025


Applications due: Thursday, August 1


The Teen Science Cafe (TSC) Fellows initiative is a ten-month training program designed to help informal educators implement Teen Science Cafes in their community. Teen Science Cafe Fellows receive one-on-one support from TSC Guides to launch a cafe program and host three cafe events during the year. Fellows receive a $2,500 stipend to support their work!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! We are a recognized leader for providing high-quality professional learning experiences that are timely, relevant, and engaging. Join us in October for our annual conference as we convene at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Get ready for fresh ideas for youth engagement, strategies for business and staff development, and tools for local advocacy. Learn more about what to expect here.

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