Many young people find themselves without supervision on weekdays between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. In 2009, the Afterschool Alliance conducted a national survey to learn how many school age children are in afterschool programs and how many spend their time unsupervised. In Wisconsin, one third of children are responsible for themselves after school, and they spend an average of seven after-school hours per week unsupervised.
To provide educational support for the creation and sustainment of quality before and after school programs in Lincoln County, UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development created the Lincoln County After School Network and continues to facilitate this network as a way for before and after school staff in Lincoln County to share resources, knowledge and provide training opportunities for staff from before and after school programs in Lincoln County for elementary and middle school age youth. Currently, the Lincoln County After School Network is composed of before and/or after school programs at 4-H After School Clubs, After the Bell at Prairie River Middle School, Jefferson Elementary School, OASIS at Ott’s Garage, St. Francis Catholic School, St. John’s Lutheran School, , Kids in Motion – Tomahawk Elementary School, Tomahawk KinsKlub, Trinity Lutheran School, UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development and Washington Elementary School. For more information about the network or to join, contact Debbie Moellendorf at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 715-539-1077.
Congratulations to Kinship of Tomahawk and 4-H After School Clubs on the recent grant funding they received from JC Penney. See press release below and articles for more information:
UW-Extension Lincoln County 4-H Youth Development has successfully applied for and implemented training grants with members of the Lincoln County After School Network and other key partners. Training grant funds have been utilized to support the network meetings as well as to provide funding for staff and volunteers to attend additional trainings, such as the Wisconsin After School Association Annual conference. Without these funds the network or participation in the State Conference would not be possible for most of the network members due to their limited budgets.
The Network hosted a Lights on Afterschool Open House on Monday, January 31, 2011 at Washington Elementary School and one on Monday, September 26th at Kate Goodrich Elementary School. During these Open Houses, the community was invited to stop by to learn more about before and/or after school programs available and the need for programs in Lincoln County. Staff from each program were available to share information and answer questions. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear testimonials about the benefits of the programs from students, parents/guardians, teachers and principals. Program displays and booths, testimonials and refreshments were served throughout the event.
The Network hosted both of these events as part of the National Lights on Afterschool effort. The National event is actually scheduled for mid-October each year where more than 7,500 communities and 1 million Americans celebrate Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide event organized by the Afterschool Alliance to rally support for afterschool programs. Due to program schedules we have chosen to hold our local event at different times during the year.
Impact of After School:
Additional Resources for After School Programs:
Afterschool Training Toolkit from the National Center for Quality Afterschool
The National Center on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) and the Healthy Out-of-School Time (HOST) Coalition has a great website focused on research, reports, and tools to support healthy afterschool programs. You will find healthy snack ideas, activity cards, interactive tools and tips, and more on their website.
While there is a wealth of information on the HOST website, a good place to start is the Food and Fun link. Developed by the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center, the Food and Fun Afterschool Curriculum can be downloaded free of charge. The 11 Unit Curriculum includes themes related to nutrition, physical activity, and reducing screen time. In addition, the website includes resources for staff development, evaluation/assessments, newsletter ready articles, and parent communications in English and Spanish.
Wisconsin 4-H Afterschool Curriculum – click on Curriculum and then Activity Plans