ON LINE RESOURCES for Families, Intermediaries, Educators and Caregivers.

Professional Development Offerings for Afterschool Program Staff

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.
Remote Staff Resources
Guide to Improving Sleep as a Remote Worker-
If current work-from-home trends and support continue, roughly 22% of the American workforce is projected to be working remotely by 2025. Working in a living space, rather than an office, does come with its own unique set of challenges however.

Click HERE to gain insight on how to help remote workers better maintain their sleep schedules and work/life balance.
Health Insurance Options for Homeless and Vulnerable Youth
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.
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.

Racial Equity Tools- COVID-19 Racial Equity & Social Justice list includes information that we hope will help communities and activists as they work to understand and respond to the moment and for the long haul. Click here to see the full listing of resources available to you.

Webinar (previously recorded) – Let’s Talk About Afterschool: Telling Your Story

Webinar (previously recorded)- Wired to Learn: Social and Emotional Development in Adolescence

Webinar(previously recorded)- Building Resilience to Support Others and Ourselves

Webinar(previously recorded)- Trauma-informed SEL Toolkit

Staff Development Articles-
-The Science of Learning and Development in Afterschool Systems
-Afterschool: Fostering Protective Factors the Can Last a Lifetime
-Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study
-COVID 19 Resources for Field Leaders
-A Trauma Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus

Afterschool Alliance- Webinars

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.

Learning Resources for Parents and Educators

NEW (3/30/21) 
Beyond School Bells Curriculum Resources

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

Parent and Caregiver Support (zearn.org)

How to Balance Children’s Screen Time During a Pandemic.

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.

The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth?, The New York Times

A Juneteenth of Joy and Resistance, The New York Times

In Houston, an Original Juneteenth Celebration Site Reborn, The New York Times

Juneteenth, a lesson from Khan Academy

Juneteenth Festival Omaha

Commonsense Media-Best Free Audio Books from Audible

Learn from Home- Teacher TV!

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.

Tulsa Regional Alliance– Resources for educators and families.

Reading Rockets– focus on literacy

Sanford Harmony– adapted classroom curriculum for home

Second Step– Teaching resources for educators and families

Launch Nebraska– Tools and resources to support the educational systems

Venture lab– VentureLab is offering several remote learning series for FREE! Options include an egg drop challenge, growth mindset activities, and more.

Teach Everywhere –Activities, resources, webinar events
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.
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.

Do the Zoo from Home! Virtual classes, Field trips and daily activities all from the safety and comfort of your home! Do the Zoo from Home
Rethinking Family Engagement During School Closures

EdModo-Manage your classroom. Engage your students. Safe. Simple. Free.
IXL Personalized Learning– Math, Language Arts, Science 

Five ways to lead kids during COVID 19 quarantine.

Brain Pop – BrainPOP is here to help you and your curious learners stay informed and on-track with free access during school closures.

Commonsense Media – Your trusted guide for a fast-changing world.

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.

Food Bank for the Heartland– Food distribution sites throughout the city.

Y Without Walls website: 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.

Common Sense Media Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Talking with Children about COVID

Spanish listing of food pantries

New resource link for parents looking for open childcare.

COVID -19 Resources in different languages

Food Bank of the Heartland Food Resources

Ways to stay active with kids at home


Local Food Resources

Youth Wellness Resources

Cox Internet resources– Find wifi where you need it.

Cox Connect2Compete is offering affordable home internet for qualifying families.

Afterschool Intermediary Staff & Operations Resources 

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. 

32 Proven Tips for Working From Home

Virtual World Café: Meeting the Needs of All Students During COVID-19 –Supporting Students & Families in Underserved Communities
June 22, 2020- 1:30-3:00 CT

Tech Soup Online Resources

Checking-in to Prevent Checking-Out

Living (and Working Virtually) in Uncertainty

COVID-19 Resources for Vulnerable Communities and Non Profits

Racial Equity Tools- COVID-19 Racial Equity & Social Justice list includes information that we hope will help communities and activists as they work to understand and respond to the moment and for the long haul. Click here to see the full listing of resources available to you.

Every Hour Counts COVID-19 Resource Guide (updated frequently!)

NAM Webinar– A Non Profits Tool Kit for Dealing With COVID 19

Quick Tip for Virtual Meetings

Employee Safety During Corona Virus

7 Essential Tips for Working From Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Digital divide resources during the pandemic

After School Matters, Chicago, IL: Email to Staff

Prime Time Palm Beach County, FL: Blog Post, Navigating Anxiety Caused by the Coronavirus Outbreak

Youthprise, MN:
Flexible Staff Work from Home Policy

Every Hour Counts:
Zoom Instructions & Tip Sheet

Harvard Business Review: What It Takes to Run a Great Virtual Meeting

Allegheny Out-of-School Time, Pittsburgh, PA: Survey of OST Services during School Closure and E-Newsletter with Virtual Communications Tools & COVID-19 Resources

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, WA:
Letter and Survey for Program Support for Children of First Responders and Health Professionals and COVID-19 Community Resource Guide: Staying Connected During Social Distancing

Prime Time Palm Beach County, FL:
Prime Time Palm Beach County’s E-Newsletter, Featuring Virtual Professional Development Information

Providence After School Alliance, RI:
Family Outreach, Script for 21st CCLC Coordinators to Call Participant Families

Youth Development Executives of King County, WA:
COVID-19 Resources Newsletter and Economic Impact Survey for Nonprofits and Businesses, Greater Seattle Partners
Foundation Support and Fundraising Resources

Every Hour Counts Advocates for Nonprofits in Relief Package Sign-on Letter: Why Nonprofits Must Be Included in a COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Package

Every Hour Counts & National Youth-serving Nonprofits OST Advocacy Letter: Out-of-School Time Relief Funding Letter to Congress

Congressional Advocacy Letter for 21st Century CLCs:
COVID-19 21st CCLC Letter for Emergency Funding 

Afterschool Alliance :
TAKE ACTION, Call on Congress Now: Support Coronavirus Relief Legislation

CCS Fundraising:
Webinar, Principles of Fundraising: Navigating the Challenges Presented by Coronavirus and Blog, Principles of Fundraising: The Coronavirus and Philanthropy

FMA, Fiscal Strength for Nonprofits: Leading your Organization Through a Crisis: Fiscal and Operational Strength for Facing COVID-19

Grantmakers for Education: COVID-19 Education Philanthropy Resources
Educator and Caregiver Resources

NEW (3/12/2021)
Beyond the School Bells Resources https://beyondschoolbells.org/curriculum/
2021 Webinar Series

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

NEW 3/12/2021
Moderna Vaccine Information

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.

Walmart – https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302

HyVee – https://www.hy-vee.com/my-pharmacy/covid-vaccine

Walgreens – https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19/location-screening

Medicine Man Pharmacy – medmanpharm.com

Kohll’s Pharmacy – https://kohllsrx.com/covid-19/vaccine-individual/  

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.

Here is a link to the website – Vaccination Clinics

Sarpy County Health Department has information on their website about Community Vaccine Clinics.  Starting the week of March 1st, people age 65+ will be able to receive the vaccine.

Here is a link to the website – https://sarpycasshealthdepartment.org/covid-19-vaccination-information

United Healthcare has shared a link to provide individuals with vaccination resources based on where they live.  Here is the link – COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Locator
Building a Trauma Informed Community- Trauma Metters Omaha Video Series

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.
ZOOM tips for Online Learning

Better Kid Care 

You for Youth


National Afterschool Association

National Center for Quality Afterschool 

YPQA Downloadable Manual

Nebraska Department of Education

MOST, Madison Out-of-School Time, WI: Childcare Guidance, Wisconsin Department of Health Services and At-home Enrichment to Support Families

Partnership for Children & Youth, Bay Area, CA: Shelter in Place Resources for Educators

Afterschool Alliance: Bringing STEM Learning Home During Social Distancing

CASEL: SEL for Children & Adults During COVID

RULER, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence: COVID-19 Resources for School Communities and Managing Anxiety Around COVID-19

STEM Ecosystems: COVID – 19 Resources – Activities for Children

Collaborative Communications: Tips To Guide Decisions About Your Event During the Coronavirus