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TENNESSEE AFTERSCHOOL NETWORK NEWS

2017 DAY ON THE HILL

January 17, 2017

Mark your calendars! The 2017 Day on the Hill has been set for February 14, 2017. The day includes training, issue talking points, and awards for afterschool advocates, followed by visits to legislators. Read More


INFORMATION  ABOUT 2016 TNREADY RESULTS
October 22, 2016
The release of the 2016 TNReady results is a reset moment for public education in Tennessee. Significant percentages of students will be at level 2 - “approaching grade level,” at the beginning of this reset, but that is not cause for concern. Read More


FALL SERVICE LEARNING TRAINING UPDATE
October 21, 2016
Did you miss the service learning training at our fall meeting? Want to know more? - Jim Snell presented to our group on Afterschool and Service-Learning. His presentation slides and handouts are included below, along with a bibliography for the Service-Learning Standard. Read More


GOVERNOR PROCLAIMS OCT. 20 LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL DAY
October 20, 2016

Governor Bill Haslam has named October 20 Lights On Afterschool Day in Tennessee to recognize the role of afterschool programs in enhancing learning and providing opportunities for children to develop interpersonal skills and relationships. The proclamation was requested by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, a Steering Committee member of the Tennessee Afterschool Network. Read More


VOLUNTARY SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAMS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS BENEFIT THOSE WITH HIGH LEVELS OF ATTENDANCE, STUDY SHOWS
September 7, 2016

Elementary school students with high levels of attendance in voluntary summer learning programs – defined as at least 20 days of a five- to six-week program – experienced benefits in math and reading, according to new RAND Corporation findings from the largest research study ever conducted on summer learning. Read More


NEW REPORT: PATHWAYS TO DEVELOPING AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS IN RURAL AREAS


One of the most common and persistent needs for families in rural areas is quality child care. It is a need that affects families across the socioeconomic spectrum when resources are geographically scarce. The Center for Social Impact and Tennessee Afterschool Network teamed up to develop this guide from the stories and contributions of successful afterschool programs in rural areas that were built from the ground up to respond to community needs. Read More


AFTERSCHOOL PROVIDERS ARE AFTERSCHOOL ADVOCATES
By Kelly D. Drummond, Tennessee’s Afterschool Ambassador

Afterschool programs serve as hubs for our community. Our youth and their families rely on our services and need our support. As such, we are uniquely positioned to be an advocate for the youth we serve and their families. We are also well positioned to advocate for our program’s needs.  Read More


QUALITY AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS AND QUALITY STAFF
By Kelly D. Drummond, Tennessee’s Afterschool Ambassador

High quality afterschool programs increased positive youth development outcomes of the youth we served. High quality programs delivered safe and structured organizational programs with positive social interactions between youth and staff, provided relevant staff training with ongoing professional development, have a clear and defined purpose or mission, offer engaging opportunities for growth and development for youth, and evaluate program outcomes based on specific goals. Is your afterschool program a quality program? Read More


HUB UPDATE - RUTHERFORD COUNTY AREA AFTERSCHOOL NETWORK

The Rutherford County After-School Network is wrapping up a great year of professional development, programming, and opportunities for our youth and Hub! Read More


AFTERSCHOOL ADVOCACY IS ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS
By Kelly D. Drummond, Tennessee’s Afterschool Ambassador

There is an adage, “All politics are local.” I remembered this saying as I recently voted on Super Tuesday. This commentary is not about political parties or voting, but about building relationships and sharing our afterschool perspectives on a local landscape. As I voted on Tuesday, I sincerely noted that the election was not solely about picking a presidential nominee. Read More


COULD 2016 BRING A NEW DAY FOR AFTERSCHOOL?

By Kelly D. Drummond, Tennessee’s Afterschool Ambassador

It has been nearly 14 years since Congress last updated federal education policy. Late 2015, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and, with it, some important new policies affecting afterschool programs in Tennessee and across the nation.  Afterschool programs are a small part of the overall legislation, but they are no small part of our community. Tennessee is in the list of top 10 states for afterschool, with a high percentage of high-needs students served by afterschool programs. More than half of Tennessee’s children in afterschool programs qualify for the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program.  According to the Afterschool Alliance, the low percentage of children unsupervised after school as well as the high number of parents extremely satisfied with their afterschool program overall also contribute to Tennessee’s number nine spot. Although the percentage of children participating in afterschool programs in Tennessee increased 5 percentage points from 2009 to 2014, the state remains in the middle of the pack regarding afterschool program participation and has more than a quarter of a million children not in an afterschool program who would be enrolled if one were available. Read More


TENNESSEE AFTERSCHOOL NETWORK DAY ON THE HILL

Save the date! Hill Day is coming up on February 9. We hope that you will attend, bring staff, bring volunteers, bring partner agencies/colleagues interested in our issues, and promote the day in your community. We are doing the event in conjunction with the United Ways of Tennessee and the League of Women Voters, who share our positions on the issues to be covered that day. Read More