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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




September 28, 2017
Working with Special Needs Children in Out-of-School Time

The Special Kids Network (SKN), in collaboration with the PA Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network (PSAYDN), invite you to learn more about special health care needs services available to afterschool, out-of-school time and summer learning programs. The SKN is a program funded through the PA Department of Health, which serves children and youth with special health care needs, by helping their families get the services and support these young people require to thrive in the community and develop to their full potential. The goal of this webinar presentation is to ensure that all children and youth are included in and have access to afterschool programs.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.