Fall 2020 - October


Virtual Monitoring

To limit outside visits to programs and schools, this year we will be conducting our monitoring virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be in contact with each program in the near future to set up a time for this either via zoom or phone call.

New Co-Director

On September 24, Jane Cronin joined the office as a new program specialist filling the position previously held by Lauren. You can contact Jane by email or phone 605-773-4693, she will be working with both Title IV Part A and Title IV Part B - 21CCLC.

Jane grew up in South Dakota on a farm and was actively engaged in 4-H. In 2007, she completed her teacher preparation program with Northern State University. She started her career in education first as a SDSU Extension Educator for the 4-H Youth Development, followed by teaching FACS in middle school for five years. Since May 2014, she has been working for the SD Department of Education, most recently with the Office of Certification.


Due October 30, 2020

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Fall 2020 Report - 21APR

Submit to:
Alan Haarstad
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501

November 17-19, 2020

South Dakota Afterschool Virtual Conference: ‘Rising to the Moment’

9:00am – 1:00pm Central Time/8:00am – noon Mountain Time

The CS Mott Foundation, along with the Afterschool Alliance and several other supporters, have provided funding for a South Dakota virtual afterschool conference! Each day will begin with a keynote speaker followed by breakout sessions and a closing cap note, themed content areas including:

  • Trauma Informed Care
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
  • Equity

Keep your eyes on the websites for more info!

February 17-19, 2021

Foundations Beyond School Hours 2021

National Education Conference

Virtual Programming for K-12 Educators, Youth Development, Afterschool and Summer Programs

For more information and to register:


Let us know what you've been doing!

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STEM Adventures Through EiE

“It is great to see the kids so engaged, persistent and excited the entire time!” is a common comment from the site directors at Custer, Edgemont and Hermosa. The Rapid City YMCA Southern Hills grantees launched the first 21st Century Learning Center STEM training October 18th led by Dr. Marie Steckelberg and Mari Biehl. Seven educators came together to prepare for their first Engineering is Elementary: Engineering Adventure (EA)--Liftoff: Engineering Rockets and Rovers. Focusing on the engineering design process (EDP), the educators experienced all six adventures of the unit both as an educator and as a student.

READ MORE and book your STEM Adventure...


You for Youth - Y4Y Courses

View the courses and tools for implementation. Each lesson plan provides you with estimated duration for the activity, learning goals, materials needed, how to prepare, examples of what to do and how to evaluate.

CHECK IT OUT: It's a perfect time of year to incorporate a Vocabulary Parade in with your Halloween celebration.

The Y4Y Insider - Newsletter

Each month, The Y4Y Insider highlights new Y4Y content and valuable tools, offers creative program ideas, links to the latest Y4Y blog posts, shares best practices from the 21st CCLC community, and much more.

CHECK IT OUT: October Edition includes the following ideas for November:

  • Darkest Before Dawn
  • NASA STEM Short Activities
  • Native Heritage Month
  • Election Day
  • National Absurdity Day

SD State Library Resources

SD State Library website:

Children and Youth Services:

NASA@ My Library is a national earth and space science initiative that connects NASA, public libraries and their communities.

SDSL K-12 Databases:

School and Public Libraries Collaboration Checklist:

NAA - Professional Development Content

The term "screen time" has been a set of words used more frequently in 2020. In a recent article published by the National Afterschool Alliance, NAA, gives the example of using the "Walking Classroom" to help with physical distancing, promoting physical activity and learning all in one.

CHECK IT OUT: Keeping Afterschool Students Active and Engaged in Virtual and Socially Distanced Environments

Family Engagement

South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center: offering you home learning resources, and strategies to connect schools, families and communities.

Dawn Smith, family engagement specialist with DOE, please direct all of your family engagement questions to her at

SD DOE Listservs

Here is the link to subscribe to the listserv(s) of your choice; we encourage you to subscribe to all that will help your work:


21CCLC -- 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.

SD DOE Contacts


800 Governors Drive

Pierre, SD 57501

Alan Haarstad, 21CCLC Grant Coordinator


Jane Cronin, 21CCLC Grant Coordinator


Mark Gageby, Grants Management


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