Fall 2021 - August


SD 21CCLC with Alan and Jane

We know that you have been busy this summer with program and preparing for the upcoming year. It's hard to believe that fall is just around the corner. Thank you for the amazing work that you do!

This newsletter is 'jam-packed' with important information, upcoming webinars, and programing ideas. We hope that you continue to find this useful and as always we appreciate your input for new ideas!

We would like to thank you for your patience with the continuation applications this year as we added a few pieces of documentation to be uploaded with these applications to help with evaluating risk assessment and to start the process for the statewide evaluation of the 21CCLC program. In addition to finishing up monitoring, we have been have been asked to help with the planning for the ARP (ESSER III) funding. This leaves many 21CCLC projects still in progress and will be sending out more information soon. We apologize for the delay.

In-Progress Projects:

  • Fall regional meetings including dates and locations (Tentatively - October and Regional)
  • New GPRA requirements (make sure you are collecting hourly attendance)
  • Monitoring follow-up and reports (We are so close to being done!)
  • SD 21CCLC Advisory Committee
  • Statewide Evaluation
  • Risk Assessment
  • Fall Report

As of September 9, there will be a vacant position in the 21CCLC program office. I, Jane, will be leaving the Office of Title Programs, as I have accepted a position to return to the Office of Certification to be the new Certification Team Lead. I will miss writing these newsletters and learning about the amazing programs that you are providing to the youth in South Dakota. You truly do make an impact on the lives of these children! I really wish that I would have been able to meet you in-person and I hope that our paths cross in the future!

As I step away from this role at SD DOE, it will leave a vacant position in the Office of Title Programs. This will soon be posted, if you know of anyone that would be a great fit please share the announcement. Also, don't forget to mention that Alan is a great co-worker!

Please reach out if you have any questions!

21APR Data Entry

The final reporting period for the 21APR is currently open for Spring 2021 data collection.

As a reminder, this is the Federal system for data collection used to create the Congressional report for all 21CCLC programs nationwide. If you are having trouble getting into the system, or would like to add another user for data entry, we can help you with that. Please reach out!

Reminder, there are no save or submit buttons. The 21APR saves each keystroke as you go along. So if you need to leave and come back, the data entered previously should still be there.

Schedule for the remaining data reporting for the year:

Spring 2021: September 1 – November 17

Spring 2021 Data DUE by Wednesday, November 17!


Tutoring and Homework Time - LIVE with Y4Y!

LIVE With Y4Y!

Tutoring and Homework Time

September 9, 1-2:30 p.m. ET

It’s all about academic support in this edition of LIVE With Y4Y! Join the U.S. Department of Education’s Y4Y Technical Assistance Team to dive deep into tutoring and homework time. We’ll build your understanding of the differences between supports, and how best to leverage each session’s strength and purpose to achieve your academic program goals. Additionally, you will hear real examples and best practices from the field. After this session, you’ll be ready to make homework and tutoring time in your 21st CCLC program more effective and engaging. The new school year is a great time for a refresh of program structure and we’re here to help! Register Today

Do you have questions about Y4Y webinar registration, sign-in, participation or certificates? Send your queries to this email address for the quickest response:

2021 SoDakSACA Afterschool Conference

Mark your calendar! The 2021 SoDakSACA Afterschool Conference is scheduled October 7-9 at the Highland Convention Center in Mitchell.

SoDakSACA Conference

Each October, SoDakSACA sponsors a statewide conference for professionals working with school-age children to fit its mission in promoting quality improvement through professional development. Approximately 200 after school directors and staff and others attend this annual conference for the excellent keynotes, workshop sessions and networking opportunities it affords.

Who should attend?

SoDakSACA welcomes anyone who works with, or has an interest in elementary and middle school children and youth in their out-of-school time to attend their annual conference. Staff of after school programs, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs, 4-H youth leaders, Boy & Girl Scout leaders, City Park & Recreation, and faith-based youth organizations would benefit from the conference. School administrators, advisory and school boards, and teachers are also invited.

Special Recognition:

At the annual conference, SoDakSACA awards a person, organization or business the ‘SACCY’ award in recognition of their leadership and support in the field of school age care in South Dakota. Nominations (made by SoDakSACA members only) must be made by September 15 to be considered.

National AfterSchool Association

Save the Date for NAA Convention 2022

The stakes are high! As afterschool professionals and leaders, you're equipping yourself or others to prepare young people for a world we can only imagine. Come share your ideas and explore innovative and proven practices. Challenge yourself to explore new perspectives, make key connections, and build lasting relationships that will strengthen the afterschool field and the profession. You won't want to miss:

  • Inspirational speakers + showcases
  • Dynamic Learning Expo with over 100 exhibitors
  • 10+ hours of professional learning sessions

Registration and call for presenters will be available September 15. Click here for more details. Are you ready to go all-in?


Share your story with us!

We know that you are doing amazing projects with your 21CCLC programs.

Please send us:

  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • Narrative about what you have been doing
  • Examples of program ideas that have worked well
  • Fun and Exciting News

Email Alan to have your program featured in the next newsletter!

STEM Adventures - Special Edition Newsletter!

Don't miss this SPECIAL EDITION STEM Adventures newsletter featuring pictures and video from SD 21CCLC programs.



Celebrate the 22nd annual Lights On Afterschool Oct. 28, 2021!

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.

The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things—such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do and poetry—and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.


Highlights from the 20th Lights On Afterschool

Think Make Create Trailers

The Think Create Make (TMC) Lab is a 6’x14’ foot traveling trailer that can be easily transported to various afterschool and summer programs around South Dakota. The trailer is filled to the brim with high-quality, hands-on STEM activities that can occur either inside or outside using the provided tables and canopies. These small-but-mighty trailers can be delivered almost anywhere to bring a wide array of fun and educational projects to your program. REGISTER HERE

Complete the TMC Trailer Online Training Course

The Think Make, Create and Learn course outlines utilizing the Dimensions of Success for creating quality STEM learning environments while preparing professionals to utilize the Think, Make, Create mobile labs. This course addresses topics specifically related to Pathways Category #11- Learning Environments. Individuals who complete the On-Demand course will receive 3 credits towards their annual training requirements from the Division of Child Care Services.

Upon completion of the 3-hour online training course, participants will receive an official certificate and DSS will credit three hours of time.

NASA Express

Check out the ‘Explore NASA Science’ website! Science starts with questions, leading to discoveries. Visit Science Mission Directorate | Science (

Check out free STEM professional development webinars offered by NASA: Explore Earth: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) & International Observe the Moon Night 2021, September 13, 6-7 p.m. ET

NASA Kid's Club: NASA provides a safe place for children to play as they learn about NASA and its missions. On this site, you will find games of various skill levels for children pre-K through grade 4. These games support national education standards in STEM -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics. NASA Kids' Club | NASA

NASA Podcasts:

Nasa Science at Home. Find access to everything from formal lesson plans to amazing imagery and stories about how science and exploration are lifting our world. There will also be ongoing opportunities to chat and interact with scientists directly. NASA Science at Home | Science Mission Directorate

2021-2022 Ames Exploration Encounter

Audience: Educators of Grades 1-6

Sessions Begin: Sept. 1 Contact:

2021-2022 Ames Exploration Encounter: NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California, is hosting a series of free one-hour virtual education experiences. The Ames Exploration Encounter offers opportunities throughout the 2021-2022 school year for students in grades 1-6 to experience STEM in action. Sessions run Monday through Friday, and availability is limited. Register now.

Artemis Student Challenges

No matter your background, NASA invites you to participate in this year’s Artemis Student Challenges.

These unique opportunities for high school and college students build foundational knowledge on technical topics and provide hands-on research design activities that contribute directly to the Artemis mission.

Are you ready to join Artemis?

SD Statewide Family Engagement Center

Social Media and Newsletter Graphics for Schools to Share with Families

Download these collections of images and add them to your own social media or newsletter, to help make connections with families.

  • Staying Connected
  • Kindergarten Readiness Tips
  • Getting Ready for College
  • Brain Breaks for Adults - 52 graphics for every week of the year
  • Trauma Informed Practices Infographics
  • OSEU Resources - Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings aligned activities



By Scott Doty, Leadership Yoda, kid-grit

Watch Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

Eat That Frog! In his book by the same title, Brian Tracy discusses this odd axiom often attributed to Mark Twain: If you start your day by eating a live frog, the rest of the day will only be better than that moment. In the world of productivity, this translates to choosing the ONE looming task that you’d most like to knock out—the one that is awful and you have trouble bringing yourself to get done, the one that’s weighing on you emotionally—and do it first thing in the day. From that point on, everything else is easy sailing and the day is already in the win column.

Passion Perseverance/Grit Self-confidence Success

The kid-grit collective is passionate about equipping educators and students with the tools needed for success. Our innovative, mindful approach builds confidence & character, resilience & social-emotional learning, self-care & wellness.

SE Prevention Resource Center - Prevention Newslink

Check out the August 2021 Edition for the following topics:

Page 1 - International Overdose Awareness Day
Page 2 - Lessons from the Dog Days
Page 3 - Prevention Toolbox (Featuring Opioids, Marijuana, Alcohol and Best Practices)
Page 4 - Current and Upcoming Prevention Campaigns
Page 5 & 6 - Upcoming Events
Page 7 - Helpline - September is Suicide Prevention Month
Page 8 - SD Tobacco Prevention - upcoming trainings
Page 9 - Highway Safety
Page 10 - DSS Suicide Prevention Resources

You For Youth - Y4Y

Y4Y - 'Creative Program Ideas' can be found on the Y4Y website and by subscribing to the newsletter.

Creative Program Ideas

Sept. 9 marks 245 years since the “United Colonies” were renamed the “United States of America.” But what’s in a name? Students might think about what the country would be renamed today, and what that might feel like as one of its residents.

Mizzen by Mott

Afterschool learning can be better and more fun than ever!

Mizzen by Mott is the all-in-one tool that can strengthen your program.

  • Find fresh, first-rate content

    Mizzen leverages Mott’s relationships with NASA, Jazz at Lincoln Center and others to provide exciting content that engages young people. From building balloon-powered rockets to exploring improv, activities will challenge, delight and inspire awe.

  • Save time and energy

    Built with and for afterschool professionals, Mizzen simplifies program planning and delivery with easy-to-use attendance, messaging, communications and scheduling tools. Mizzen frees you up so you can fully focus on the learning experience.

  • Supercharge your skills

    With articles in Mizzen’s Pro Tips library, you can hone your skills, bring content to life, and address challenges and opportunities. This rich resource helps your team bring its “A” game, always.


Connections Beyond SD DOE

SoDakSACA - The mission of the SoDakSACA is to promote quality Out-of-School Time programs for children and youth through professional development and public advocacy.

SD Afterschool Network - The mission of the South Dakota Afterschool Network (SDAN) is to support and sustain quality afterschool, out of school time (OST) and youth development programs to serve the needs of South Dakota’s youth.

SD DOE Listservs

Here are the links to subscribe to the listserv(s) of your choice:

Do you have new staff? Has your email changed?

Send an email to to have your new staff added to the email group for SD 21CCLC.

SD DOE Contacts

Alan Haarstad, 21CCLC Grant Coordinator


VACANT, 21CCLC Grant Coordinator


Mark Gageby, Grants Management


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