ON LINE RESOURCES for Families, Intermediaries, Educators and Caregivers.
Professional Development Offerings for Afterschool Program Staff
ONGOING Collective for Youth Zoom Trainings – Register today for topics that are relevant and personal discussions with out of school time professionals. New trainings are put on the schedule each week. Click HERE to register for any upcoming trainings with Collective for Youth.
NEW (3/12/2021) Meet us online for the 9th annual Ready by 21 National Meeting! Join leaders like you who are working to improve outcomes for young people in communities and states across the country. You’ll hear strategies, research, and stories about partnering for better impact, aligning policies, improving program quality and performance, and embracing readiness in the pursuit of robust equity. Please register at your convenience, save the dates – May 19-20, 2021 – and stay tuned for more information on our website.
(6/18/2020) California School Age Consortium (CalSAC) builds professional networks that provide training, leadership development and advocacy to ensure that all young people have access to high quality out-of-school time programs and to create a more equitable future for California. Here is the complete list of trainings they offer.
Collective for Youth Zoom Trainings – Register today for topics that are relevant and personal discussions with out of school time professionals. New trainings are put on the schedule each week.
You for Youth- Online Professional Learning and Technical Assistance for 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Click to Science– Well-facilitated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities encourage youth to be curious, ask questions, and make connections with the world around them.
Beyond School Bells– To help families and care givers make the most of their child’s out-of-school learning time during this uncertain period of home and social isolation, Beyond School Bells, Nebraska’s Afterschool and Summer Learning Network, is developing a regular series of “virtual backpacks” that are packed with curated educational experiences that families can use to enhance home-based learning for Nebraska’s youth. Virtual backpacks will be delivered free-of-charge to afterschool providers, businesses, nonprofits and families through weekly newsblasts and via our website.
(3/12/2021) Beginning this month and throughout the 2021 summer and 2021-22 school year, many Nebraska schools will be utilizing an online math support system named Zearn during the school day. A webpage for Nebraska schools includes a number of resources for getting started, including short tutorial videos, family resources and links to other Help materials. Click here to learn more about how parents and your staff can offer additional math support. Nebraska Zearn Math Support
(6/17/2020) Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Please explore the following links to learn more and celebrate Juneteenth and its importance in our American history and the history of every African American.
Learn from Home- Teacher TV! The Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA) has partnered with News Channel Nebraska and Lincoln Public Schools to offer educational programming for elementary and secondary students free to all Nebraska children. Educational programming for elementary students will air from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. CST and for secondary students from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday. Families can live stream NCN here on our site, download the NCN app on any mobile device, or access the programming through a local cable provider, and stream on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Roku apps. Those living in Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Beatrice, Norfolk, Columbus and South Sioux City can also use an over-the-air antenna to access the live presentations.
(5/8/2020) Y Without Wallswebsite: Contains all of these resources, plus more fitness for adults, active older adult and some healthy living blogs.
Y 360 has lots of adult AND kid focused fitness and activities, including some sports drills.
(5/7/2020) Virtual Learning by Civic Nebraska-CIVIC U is introducing youth to civic engagement allows them to more easily develop critical thinking, civic leadership, and civil discourse skills. Young people who can think critically about, and make meaning of, societal issues are better able to navigate their individual environments – and succeed in them.
Wide Open School– We hope that Wide Open School helps make learning from home an experience that inspires kids, supports teachers, relieves families, and restores community.
National Afterschool Association – The National AfterSchool Association is the voice of the afterschool profession. We are the national membership organization for professionals who work with and on behalf of children and youth during out-of-school time.
Center for American Progress – The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Our aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.
Afterschool Alliance– Afterschool programs keep kids safe, inspire them to learn, and give working parents peace of mind. They help children learn, grow, and reach their full potential, offering new learning opportunities that help students do better in school and in life.
Resources for Families-
Social Justice Resources– Do you want to talk to your young child about issues of social justice, but don’t know how? You’re not alone—most adults find topics like race, gender, and class difficult to talk about with children. But if we don’t find ways to talk about it, children will learn whatever they can glean from unspoken messages, and that doesn’t often work out very well. The staff at CCS is always available to help you find strategies. Also, you may find some of the resources useful.
Connections at Project Harmony-Mental Health Care for Children and Families Connections is a voluntary program and referrals are based on parent consent. Connections works with Millard, Papillion-La Vista, Bellevue, and Omaha Public Schools to identify children K-8th grade, in need of mental health services. We match children with community therapists who are trained in evidence-based practices and provide ongoing follow-up to families, referral sources and providers.
Child Abuse and Neglect 101 (online training): This course prepares mandatory reporters with the knowledge and skills to recognize and report child abuse and neglect along with an overview of the different types of abuse and their prevalence in Nebraska. Available at no cost through July 31, 2020. *Use code: PHCARES2020 during registration.
Trauma Matters Omaha Presents: Trauma Overview (Online Training): This training helps participants recognize trauma and understand its impact on the brain and body as well as on the community. *Grant funded and available at no cost through 2020.
Below The Line: Working With People in Poverty (Online Training) This training supports participants in gaining insight helpful to working with those who live in poverty. This session discusses strategies to increase skills and knowledge related to the culture of poverty, raise our individual and group awareness about biases as it relates to poverty, and enhance the understanding of children and families to assist in strengthening interactions. Available at no cost through July 31, 2020. *Use code: PHCARES2020 during registration.
NEW 3/12/2021 Check out the new podcast by The Wallace Foundation that shares findings and early lessons from a RAND Corporation study of our Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI). The five -episode series features in-depth conversations with school/district and afterschool/out-of- school time leaders about their experiences working together to help children develop social and emotional skills. PSELI is a comprehensive, multiyear initiative to explore whether and how children can benefit from intentional partnerships between schools and afterschool/out-of-school time programs focused on building social and emotional skills – and what it takes to do this work. Listen here: https://bit.ly/2ZDqT1Q
Racial Equity Institute– REI Equity Institute believes that the goals of understanding and addressing racism can rarely be achieved in a three-hour or one-day workshop. Racism is a fierce, ever-present, challenging force, one which has structured the thinking, behavior, and actions of individuals and institutions since the beginning of U.S. history. To understand racism and effectively begin dismantling it requires an equally fierce, consistent, and committed effort.
Conversation in the Nebraska Afterschool Space-A facilitated, practical nuts & bolts series for afterschool program leaders and staff. Join Us! Every 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month. 12:00 – 12:30 pm Central Time https://www.education.ne.gov/21stcclc/stayconnected/
Local Pharmacies Below are four Omaha Metro Pharmacies that have the COVID-19 vaccine. Each pharmacy has their own process for distribution. Contacting the pharmacy may provide you with further options to obtain the vaccine.
Community Vaccine Clinics Douglas County Health Department has information on their website about Community Vaccine Clinics. You can go to their website to determine when you may be eligible and can register to participate in one of their vaccine clinics.
Developed by the C.S. Mott Foundation, a long-time partner of Beyond School Bells, this app represents a breakthrough moment bringing new tools to support high quality, locally sustainable afterschool and summer programs – as well as parents who are now playing this role in households across Nebraska during these challenging times. Through support from the Mott Foundation, the app and all of its content are available for free. Click here to download the app.