June 26, 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.

These Summer Campers Are Saving Oceans One Coral Polyp at a Time

In the Florida Keys, young people are helping to rebuild the world's third largest barrier reef. Each July, Wimberley teaches a dozen or more youth about coral reef ecology in the Florida Keys, leading them on underwater expeditions to survey reef health and outplant, or transplant, corals. “[There’s an] urgent need for education and awareness regarding marine conservation...”

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This free South Florida summer camp keeps kids entertained - and educated

All of us parents know our children need something to do all summer long. Well, there's a summer camp in South Florida that's not only keeping kids entertained, but also educated.

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WATCH: Camp Summer Garden is back providing direct care for children with autism

Watch the video to hear from the camp's program director regarding the value in bringing a camp of this magnitude to the Big Bend region.

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Orlando Magic Unveil Upgraded Teen Room at Local YMCA

On Tuesday, the Magic stopped by the Downtown Orlando YMCA to reveal an upgraded teen room, equipped with new gaming consoles, an NBA Jam Arcade system, artwork, team signed memorabilia, study tables, gaming chairs, video games and board games.

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Central Florida animal shelter offers summer camp for kids to learn about animal care

The camp offers animal care and training presenters, K-9 units from several law enforcement agencies, arts and crafts, water play days, educational presentations about animal welfare, and more.

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It's time for school-age advocates to raise their voices in state plans

The state child care planning template for the next three years is out! From now until July 1, State Administrative Agencies will be determining how to spend over $12 billion annually in federal Child Care and Development Funds (CCDF) dedicated to helping eligible families find affordable, high-quality child care, afterschool, and summer programs for their children aged 0-13. 

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OST STEM preparing young people for "green jobs"

As STEM educators, this vision invites us to think innovatively about how best to prepare young people for ways of thinking–and for jobs–that take on the climate crisis. Formal curricula try to keep up with dynamic shifts in climate science and federal policy. But out-of-school time STEM programs benefit from flexibility and high adaptability to community-based issues that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal highlights.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: The 2024 Lights On Afterschool Poster Contest is open!

This year we're looking for any artwork that represents the spirit of afterschool programs. The winning artwork will be printed on more than 50,000 posters that will be displayed at more than 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events around the world. The winning artist will be featured on our website, blog, and a national press release, and their afterschool program will be credited on the poster in addition to receiving the grand prize of $500! Artwork is due Sunday, June 30!

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The Learning Neighborhood

A group of partners, including local PBS stations, that are acutely focused on the early learning needs of children and their families. Foster a community/state-wide culture that promotes the "Learn Together" theme and empowers children and adults to learn anytime, anywhere - at home, in the neighborhood, and within local systems and spaces.

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LEARNING FROM OTHERS: Howard County dojo gets into afterschool care

With parents facing a dearth of reliable afterschool care, a dojo in Ellicott City provides a unique option. "They [parents] know we’re doing good karate correctly, and therefore their sons and daughters want to come here and have a structured engaging environment.”

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Find a STEM Role Model - Million Girls Moonshot

Conversely, when a young person lacks a STEM identity, this increases the chance for disengagement and makes it less likely for them to pursue STEM-related activities in the future.

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Grade Level Reading (GLR) Learning Tuesdays


Webinar: Tuesdays June 25, July 2, July 9 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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ACRES: Asking Purposeful Questions


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


Florida After School has partnered with ACRES, a free coaching resource for out-of-school time providers and or programs, to provide two peer learning communities on Asking Purposeful Questions. ACRES strives is to guide educators or after-school staff with the knowledge and confidence to facilitate STEM in their after-school programs. Questions are the beginning of a path towards discover, imagination, and STEM Exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their thinking and develop their reasoning through the questions we ask them? This module is designed for educators who would like to grow in their practice in facilitating STEM learning within a supportive group of other educators. 

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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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