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PSAYDN Virtual Meetings

June 20, 2017
Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program Basics

Join us as we learn the basics of EITC. This program offers tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to a Scholarship Organization, an Educational Improvement Organization, and/or a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization. Educational Improvement Organizations (EIO) offer innovative educational programming to public school students in Grades K-12. Learn whether this is a funding opportunity for your program. Our presenter is James O’Donnell, Director, Tax Credit Division, Center for Business Financing, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.


December 12, 2016
ESSA: A New Era for Education and Afterschool in Pennsylvania

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the new K-12 federal education law, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces No Child Left Behind. Attendees will learn more about how ESSA can be an avenue of opportunity for OST programs. In addition, they will learn how to support 21st Century Community Learning Centers and reach out to decision-makers. Also they will learn other essential skills needed to make the case for OST and ESSA. Presented by Jillian Luchner, Afterschool Alliance; Laurie Lennon, Burness Communications; and Laura Saccente, PSAYDN Director.

Presentation Slides

June 15, 2016
An Overview of New Resource Modules from Better Kids Care

A brief update on PSAYDN’s activities will start off the webinar followed by a presentation by Rebecca A. Escott, and Eileen S. Wise, from Better Kid Care. Penn State Better Kid Care OST specialists will highlight three school-age professional development packages. Learn how to access the modules, review sample videos and print-ready resources, and receive links to proven-effective school-age programming ideas.

Presentation Slides


December 9, 2015
Afterschool Program Staffing: Challenges and Compensation

During this session, attendees will receive updates on current and future PSAYDN activities. In addition, our topic focus will be on afterschool/out-of-school time staffing and compensation as presented by Betsy Saatman, PA Key; and Gina Warner, President and CEO of the National Afterschool Association.


December 10, 2014
Working with Middle School Programs

Receive updates on PSAYDN activities, hear about the challenges and best practices of middle school programs and discuss issues such as how to create a non-stigmatized program, early warning indicators, collaborating with teachers and principals and share promising practices. Learn from experts in the field to help you create high quality programs for middle school students.

PowerPoint Presentation

June 19, 2014
Family Engagement in Afterschool

According to the Harvard Family Research Project, “families are essential partners in successful out-of-school-time (OST) programs and play many important roles: consumers, advocates, allies and volunteers.” Learn why family engagement is important and learn how to make it happen. Featured speakers are Roxie Nestlerode, Better Kid Care Program Specialist; and Karen Parker Thompson, Family Engagement Resource Provider Mid-Atlantic Region.

PowerPoint Presentation

Action plan (Better Kid Care)
Afterschool key to successful parent engagement (Afterschool Alliance)
Bringing families into OST learning (The Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities)
Dual capacity building framework for family-school partnerships (SEDL)
Family engagement in anywhere, anytime learning (Harvard Family Research Project)
Focus on families (Harvard Family Research Project and United Way of Massachusetts Bay)
Marketing for PD resources for School-age and afterschool programs (Better Kids Care)
National standards for family-school partnerships (National Parent Teacher Association)

December 11, 2013
Supporting STEM Education: What Afterschool Programs Can Do

Featured speakers are Anita Krishnamurthi, Director of STEM Policy for the Afterschool Alliance; Winnie Black, PSAYDN STEM Coordinator; and program staff. Learn about why PSAYDN is engaged to support afterschool programs in determining and measuring STEM outcomes. Participants will learn what strategies to use to meet desired outcomes.

PowerPoint Presentation

Computing and Engineering in Afterschool
Defining Youth Outcomes
Framework of Youth Outcomes
STEM Learning in Afterschool

June 14, 2013
Making Everyday a Great Day in Out-of-School Time: Promoting Youth Engagement and Positive Behavior

Featured speakers are Dr. Emilie Smith, professor, Human Development and Family Studies director/PI, LEGACY Together Project, Penn State University; Dr. Veirdre Jackson, associate project director, Montgomery Early Childhood Learning Center; and Dr. Stacie Molnar-Main, strategic initiatives manager, Center for Safe Schools. Learn about positive practices and strategies to make a safe, secure and friendly OST program environment.

PowerPoint Presentation

November 30, 2012
Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System and Portal

During this session you will explore with Bill Bertrand, Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System and Portal, which offers a wealth of resources for out-of-school programs. Attend this virtual event to hear about PSAYDN's current work, recent accomplishments, and become involved in upcoming projects and events.

PowerPoint Presentation


June 15, 2012
Building Outcome Driven Programs

Participants heard about lessons learned and tips for successful data collection and program evaluation. They also heard from others how Pennsylvania providers are building outcome-driven programs, how the outcome data can strengthen the overall system of afterschool in a region, and practical next steps to launch a data collection and program evaluation effort in your organization.

PowerPoint Presentation

January 12, 2012

This meeting was offered to share PSAYDN's current work and accomplishments in core areas of policy, sustainability and quality; to get members input on and involvement in upcoming projects and events; and to increase PSAYDN’s members’ knowledge about Engagement of Out-of-School Time (OST) in Career and Workforce.

PowerPoint Presentation


June 23, 2011
STEM Education

During this meeting the state and national efforts for Out-of-School Time to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education were highlighted.
Special guest presenters included Dr. Anita Krishnamurthi, Director of STEM Policy for the Afterschool Alliance; Robin Shoop, Director of the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy; Julia Skolnik, Project Associate-Curriculum Specialist at the Franklin Institute Science Museum and the Free Library of Philadelphia; and Ed Bender, Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania 4-H Science Program Team.

PowerPoint Presentation

January 6, 2011

The meeting featured updates in PSAYDN’s core areas of work: Sustainability, Policy and Communications, and Quality by Thierry Malley, State Director of the Pennsylvania Area Council of Boys and Girls Clubs, Bill Bartle, Youth Policy Director at Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, and Kacy Conley, PSAYDN Director, respectively.

PowerPoint Presentation


Reducing Chronic Absenteeism Resources


August 15, 2017
Lights On Afterschool Training

Learn how to convene a successful Lights On Afterschool event! Now more than ever, it is critically important to advocate for afterschool, out-of-school time and summer learning programs. Join Afterschool Alliance staff and program staff from around the commonwealth as they describe Lights On Afterschool event best practices – from the simple to the more complex.


July 31, 2017
Advocacy vs. Lobbying

Informing policymakers about the importance of afterschool, out-of-school time and summer learning is a major part of our work. Yet, we know that as non-profits we must be careful about what we say and what activities are appropriate. This webinar will teach you how to learn to differentiate between advocating and lobbying. Join Nikhil Pillai from the Alliance for Justice organization as he reviews the criteria involved in making the case for an issue without running into legal trouble.


August 24, 2016
PSAYDN Lights On Afterschool Training Webinar

Lights On Afterschool is celebrated annually to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs for America's children, families and communities across the country. This webinar will be presented by Dan Gilbert, Associate, Afterschool Alliance and Tara Cox, Afterschool and Family Programs Coordinator at the Franklin Institute. Learn the techniques for producing a quality Lights On Afterschool event and how your program can effectively engage both policymakers, media, parents, schools and business stakeholders. This year Lights On Afterschool celebration will take place on Thursday, October 20, 2016.


March 18, 2016
2016 Afterschool Advocacy Day Training

Presented by PSAYDN Staff

In preparation for attendance at the Afterschool and Youth Development Advocacy Day, PSAYDN is conducting a training webinar on the importance of being an advocate. Participants will be informed about key messages, acquire tips on communicating with legislators and obtain information about how to follow-up with legislators in their home district. In addition, information about the Advocacy Day agenda will be disseminated. The webinar is recommended for those participating in Advocacy Day but open to everyone with an interest in effectively communicating with elected officials.


August 8, 2015
Planning a Lights On Afterschool Event: How to Engage Your Policymakers and the Media

Presented by Dan Gilbert, Afterschool Alliance, and Matt Butensky and Michele Day, Schuylkill ACHIEVE.

Lights On Afterschool is celebrated annually to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs for America's children, families and communities across the country. Learn techniques for producing a quality Lights On event and how to effectively engage both policymakers, media, parents, schools and business stakeholders. This year Lights On Afterschool will take place on Thursday, October 22.


August 20, 2014
Planning a Lights On Afterschool Event: How to Engage Your Policymakers and the Media

Lights On Afterschool is celebrated annually to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs for America's children, families and communities across the country. This session presented by Sarah Simpson from the Afterschool Alliance; Mila Yochum, Allegheny Partner’s on Out of School Time; and Heather Moyer, Director of School Age Programs and Summer Camp, LifeSpan shared their techniques for producing a quality event and how to effectively engage both policymakers and the media.

PowerPoint presentation

June 30, 2014
EECapacity PA State Consortia Grant Community Learners

June 3, 2014
What is ASQ? A School Age Specific Process for Quality Program Improvement

After School Quality (ASQ) is a 5 step process that school age care programs in Pennsylvania are using to build relationships at all levels, collect data about their program, create action plan items and implement action plan items that directly impact the quality of their program, as well as their larger community. This webinar will provide you with an overview of the 5 steps, stories from the field, data from a 2013 pilot project and information about getting started.

PowerPoint Presentation

May 14, 2014
PQAS Module 4
Is Specialty Discipline PQAS Instructor for You?

Interested in becoming a PQAS instructor, don’t have 30 Early Childhood Education college credits but have expertise to share with the ECE/SACC practitioners? Join this webinar and discussion about applying as a specialty discipline (SD) PQAS instructor. They will walk you through the SD PQAS application and assist you in identifying your niche in the PQAS Instructor community.

PowerPoint presentation

April 15, 2014
PQAS Module 3
Renewing Your PQAS Approval As Easy As 1-2-3

January 21, 2014
PQAS Module 2
Approved the First Time: The “Art” of Creating Your Professional Development Module Packet

October 15, 2013
PQAS Module 1
What You Always Wanted to Know About PQAS But Were Afraid to Ask

This session walks you through the PQAS Application Process. PQAS is a system for certifying individuals who provide professional development and technical assistance to early childhood and school-age professionals in Pennsylvania. The different types of PQAS approval are being reviewed and which application you should complete identified. Required documents for submission with your application will be discussed. You will hear an explanation of the Professional Development Module and Overview and finally common mistakes with PQAS applications that are submitted to the PA Key office will be reviewed.

PowerPoint Presentation


September 18, 2013
Overview of PSAYDN VISTA Sustainability Planning

April 24, 2013
Funding to Serve Healthy Meals: Afterschool and Summer

Healthy meals are an important component of high quality out-of-school time programs and can provide numerous benefits for children and youth. In this session, Signe Anderson, Children Nutrition Policy Analyst at the Food Research Action Center, and Terry Roden, Supervisor for the Child and Adult Care Food Program, At Risk Meals Program, and Summer Food Service Program for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Food and Nutrition Services, discuss federal reimbursement programs for meals and snacks during afterschool and summer programs. The presenters share the benefits of offering healthy meals and snacks, requirements for reimbursement, information on how to get started and resources to guide you in the application process.

PowerPoint Presentation

March 28, 2012
Older Youth Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

Understanding of the Older Youth Work Group Mission, its relationship to PA Keystone STARS and the proposed model and the context of the project (main components of QRIS systems, generally, and the prevalence of systems for school-age and older youth, nationally. Distinguish between QIS and QRIS).

PowerPoint Presentation

August 29, 2012
Planning a Lights On Event: How to Engage Your Policymakers and the Media

This online session will provide participants with tips and tools to develop events that attract media attention, policymaker support, as well as parent, school and business stakeholder engagement and ultimately highlight the importance of afterschool programs in the community.

PowerPoint Presentation

May 14, 2012
Should Out-of-School Staff be Trained Like Teachers?

Since many out-of-school programs face limited funding and their staff members tend to be young, part-time workers who rarely commit to the job for long, providing high-quality, cost-effective professional development can be a challenge. While emerging research points to the positive effects afterschool programs have on students' academic performance, debate is stirring over what core competencies these workers should possess. Two experts on the out-of-school community discuss the latest ideas on providing professional development for staff members.

PowerPoint Presentation



PSAYDN Annual Partners' Retreat
Powerpoint Presentations

March3, 2015
PSAYDN Annual Meeting and Reception

PSAYDN's Annual Meeting and Reception will celebrate the network's accomplishments over the past year, share goals for the future and honor statewide afterschool champions.

November 17, 2014
PSAYDN Digital Badging Summit 2014

Carla Casilli from the Badge Alliance and Victoria Wegener from Mainspring Consulting facilitated this event on November 17, 2014 in Harrisburg, Pa. The summit included plenary informational and sharing sessions including an overview of badging nationally and in Pennsylvania; a youth pathways and professional development session; and small group sessions for badging novices and advanced attendees.



Event Handouts

Where is badging now and what is its potential?
Carla Casilli, Badge Alliance

Panel 1 – Badging in Pennsylvania
Khalif Ali, Sprout Fund
Brandon Klevence, Free Library of Philadelphia
Michael Robb, Fred Rogers Center

Panel 2 – Badging in Pennsylvania
Nadia Schafer, Drexel University’s Digital On-Ramps and Philadelphia Academies, Inc.
Andy Stutzman, Drexel University’s Digital On-Ramps and Philadelphia Academies, Inc.
David Ferreira, Slippery Rock University
John Golden, Slippery Rock University
Allan McClaine, Slippery Rock University

Badge Issuing Platforms by Badge Alliance

Platforms for Issuing Open Badges

September 17, 2014
PSAYDN Annual Partner's Retreat 2014

Seventy-eight afterschool colleagues and advocates gathered on September 17 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of PSAYDN. Janelle Cousino, vice president and chief network weaver for Fowler Hoffman, led the attendees through discussions about quality, sustainability and policy. Featured speakers included deputy secretary of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Barbara Minzenberg; and acting deputy secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Rita Perez.

Event Handouts

Afterschool Quality
Leslie Roesler, Associate Director, Pennsylvania Key

Gathering Data to Tell the Story
Vicki Ellis, Project Lead, Out-of-School Time System of Systems Building, Philadelphia School District
Jeanne Miller, SHINE Program Director, Lehigh-Carbon Community College
Gulal Nakati, Knowledge Manager/Engineer Project Lead, Deputy Mayor’s Office for Health and Opportunity, City of Philadelphia

National Perspective: What’s new in afterschool?
Janelle Cousino, Vice President and Chief Network Weaver, Fowler Hoffman

Preparing Children and Youth for Tomorrow’s Workforce
Winnie Black, Project Accelerate Coordinator, Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network
Sue Mukherjee, Center for Workforce Information and Analysis Director, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
Pam Streich, Director of Planning, North Central Workforce Investment Board/Youth Council

Keeping the peace in OST: Positive behaviors – Interventions and supports in afterschool
Veirdre Jackson, Director, Montgomery Early Learning Centers

OST: Getting OUTSIDE – Partnerships for outdoor learning opportunities
Jennifer Fetter, Watershed/Youth Development Educator, Penn State Extension
Bert Myers, Environmental Education Specialist, Pennsylvania Game Commission
Estelle Rupert, Graduate Professor, Lebanon Valley College

21st CCLC Overview

Building Bridges

Digital Badges

Family Engagement

Noncognitive Skills

OST Report

Parent Engagement

STEM for Girls

STEM Learning

October 29, 2013
Southeastern Pennsylvania Out-of-School Time Summit & Resource Fair

Over 400 OST key stakeholders in the region were brought together to focus on practice, policy and resources to build and sustain accessible quality out-of-school opportunities that support children and youth’s positive growth and development and ultimate transition to successful adulthood. The event was hosted by PSAYDN and the University of Pennsylvania’s Out-of-School Time Resource Center.





Bulling Prevention in OST

College Admissions Timeline Junior Year

College Admissions Timeline Senior Year

General College Internet Resources

Graduation Coach Campaign

Healthier Generation

HOST Website: Getting Started

How To Get Started on a College Essay

New Trends in OST Badging, Social Media Maker Movement

OST Arts Integration Professional Development

Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative

Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative Programs and Resources

Selecting an Afterschool or Summer Meal Program

So You Are Interested in Doing a STEM OST Program

Tools for Afterschool and Summer Programs

September 13, 2013
PSAYDN's Annual Partners' Retreat

March 5, 2013
Quality Forum

Event Photos

Roundtable discussions included:

Structure and Management

  • Principal Connections – Mark Lewis, Consultant
  • It’s More Than Just the Ask: Building Ongoing Relationships with Potential OST Funders – Wayne Jones, Senior Program Officer, The Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Positive Connections

  • Achieving Authentic Youth Engagement – Shawn Stelow, Vice President of Education and Children's Services, The Finance Project, Washington, D.C.
  • Sparking STEM Interest: School/OST Partnerships to Advance Informal Learning – Barbara Conway, Superintendent, Jim Thorpe Area School District, Jim Thorpe, Pa.; Rosemary Porembo, Superintendent, Panther Valley School District, Lansford, Pa.

Health and Safety

  • Bring It Home: Promoting Health and Nutrition through Afterschool – Jayme Richards, Nutrition and Sustainability Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA, Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network, Camp Hill, Pa.
  • Safe and Strong: Helping Kids Handle Bullying – Stacie Molnar-Main, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Center for Safe Schools, Camp Hill , Pa.


  • Finding the Right Mix: Aligning Program Design with Student Needs to Advance Career Readiness – Kate Hynes, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Demography, Penn State University, State College, Pa.
  • Fostering Creativity: The Arts and Out-of-School Time – Jamie Dunlap, Program Director, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Harrisburg, Pa.



August 8, 2012
PSAYDN's Annual Partners' Retreat