Summer 2020

Professional Development

Professional Development will most likely be on virtual platforms or through book studies and webinars until further notice. Join the 21st Century Listserv to stay informed on updates on services from us.

  • Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Summer Symposium
    July 16-18, 2020, online

    Open to site directors, frontline OST staff, stakeholders, evaluators, and vendors for out-of-school time programming. Last year, South Dakota had a representative from the Boys and Girls Club of Watertown, and she provided feedback that the most helpful sessions regarded STEM and robotics.

  • 20th Annual Community Response to Child Abuse conference
    Oct. 1-2, 2020, online

    Hosted by the Center for Protection against Child Maltreatment.
    This conference will focus on Adverse Child Experiences, quality mandatory reporting, improving resilience factors, and trauma informed classrooms. This professional development meets the criteria for Childcare Licensing CEUs.

  • Get Connected Nebraska Afterschool Conference
    Oct. 2, 2020, online

    This conference will provide sessions regarding quality afterschool planning, high yield summer learning opportunities and implementing wrap around systems with the general school day staff.

Google Forms for Contact E-mail and Listserv

As you know, sometimes out-of-school time programs have steady turnover. As such, the lines of communication may be blurred due to onboarding of new staff or division of duties. To assist in troubleshooting this task, the 21CCLC team has created a form for e-mail updates. As Continuation Applications are only completed once a year, this is a chance to register your frontline staff to receive direct communications from the Department of Education, Nita M Lowey 21CCLC, and other Title IV B relevant materials. The topics will range from due date reminders on grants to applicable lessons and activities. Please fill out this form if interested.

APR Reporting

Reporting window that reviews the Fall 2019 Data will open on July 14, 2020; that data reporting window will close Aug. 7, 2020. Reporting window that reviews the Spring 2020 Data will open on Aug. 18, 2020, and closes Aug. 28, 2020. Accommodations and flexibility regarding the nationwide distance learning mandates and cancellations of standardized testing will be provided in the coming weeks.

       Alan Haarstad,
       SD Department of Education,
       (605) 773-5238

       Lauren Jahn,
       SD Department of Education,
       (605) 773-4693

Announcement of 2021 Cohort

Congratulations is extended to the following programs for their exemplary peer-reviewed scores and subsequent award of a Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant: Boys and Girls Club of the Sioux Empire, Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud, Rapid City YMCA Canyon Lake and Robbinsdale, Boys and Girls Club of the Capitol Area, Sioux Falls Volunteers of America Dakotas, Rapid City Youth and Family Services, and the Smee School District. These programs will continue serving students in high risk areas to best equip them for college and career readiness, as well as social emotional development.


Starting Well 2020

Transitioning to summer programming always presents itself with opportunities and challenges for South Dakota’s out-of-school time programs. This year brings another layer of constraints and inventiveness with the COVID19 health concerns. Some programs, such as the Boys and Girls Club of the Sioux Empire have continued providing services in a face-to-face manner with high precautions and CDC compliant child care procedures. Other programs, like the Boys and Girls Club of Lower Brule continue to provide distance services through activity handouts during meal distribution and harnessing some YouTube talent with their staff. Finally, programs such as Armour School District have blended both face-to-face and online services with a hybrid.

As school services prepare for fall enrollment, new uncertainties may arise specific to afterschool may present themselves. Department of Health has published a Reopening Schools Checklist. Also, the South Dakota High School Activities Association has provided some guidance involving sporting events and clubs. Also, American Institutes for Research has published “Recognizing the Role of Afterschool and Summer Programs and Systems in Reopening and Rebuilding”. This last article provides many embedded resources with specific suggestions for how to double down and engage more families and also how to leverage the federal CARES Act to support partnerships with community-based organizations.


Stakeholder Engagement and Community Partners


Building a quality relationship with community individuals and entities at the grassroots level is priceless. Programs can pull in local experts and businesses for theme based activities. An example of this would be the Action for the Betterment of Community in Sturgis utilizing their local bank for guest speakers to provide financial literacy tips-and-tricks to the students. ABC also taps into their local community by collaborating with their Tae Kwon Do instructors and the Kiwanis Club. The Stanley County GOLD Program took their own spin on the popular BookIt program from Pizza Hut and made it a local partnership in Ft. Pierre. Instead of the larger corporation, GOLD chose their closer and smaller chain with Pizza Ranch. Their Reading Rodeo program incentivizes independent reading with the positive reinforcement of pizza.

Summit goes above and beyond with community engagement and cultural competency. Their current director, Dawn Marie Johnson has invigorated the realm of out-of-school-time as a place for cultural awareness and equity. Read her article, "Supporting Youth Facing Stress From Social Injustice", published by the Afterschool Association. Dawn writes:

“Quarantine looks different for everyone. For my family, it is a small apartment in a rural area with little to no outside contact for months. For others, it is sickness, job loss, and additional stress that innately impacts children in the home. When children return to school, who has the potential to be their positive role model? Who can assist children in understanding the protests and social injustices? Who can support children who may have faced toxic stress during the pandemic? I say: our afterschool professionals.”