Afterschool COVID-19 Information
In order to help support 21st CCLC and SAC programs during the coronavirus closure, the Missouri AfterSchool Network (MASN) will be offering a variety of virtual opportunities for training, technical assistance, networking, and resources.
Please visit our COVID-19 resource page for a full list of health resources and educational tools.
The Power of Afterschool
On the 50 Statewide Afterschool Networks call this week, Terry Peterson – the former federal Department of Education leader who helped shape 21st CCLC – reminded the Networks that this is an opportunity for our field. It is an opportunity for us to step up and show the important contributions that afterschool programs make to our communities.
Even though some of our programs may not reopen to direct services this year, we have the opportunity to continue to support youth through this difficult time. Although not every family has internet access, Terry Peterson reminded the group that almost all families do have an older form of technology… a telephone. Youth and families will appreciate a phone call to check on them, find out what their needs are, suggest age-appropriate activities for their children, and connect them to other services.
During the virtual Afterschool for All Challenge on Wednesday of this week, one of the other Network Leads was told by his member of congress that “Congress sees 21st CCLC as a vehicle to get services to youth and families.” Afterschool programs excel at supporting youth’s emotional wellbeing and we have experience connecting to the community. Together, we can come up with creative ways to use the power of afterschool to support youth and families during this time of stress and uncertainty. Let’s tap into our strengths and safely provide relevant services to youth and families.