ADVOCACY

ADVOCATING FOR THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES YOU WORK WITH IS CRITICAL TO SUCCESS. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO UTILIZE THE RESOURCES BELOW AS YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR PROGRAMS.

WYOMING-SPECIFIC RESOURCES & DATA

New for December 2020 | America After 3 PM Factsheet provides data on how Wyoming children spend the hours between 3-6 p.m., the benefits afterschool programs provide, and parent support for public funding of these programs. Learn more at https://wyafterschoolalliance.org/wyoming-after-3pm/.

Innovations for an Emerging Workforce in Wyoming’s Changing Economy is a fact sheet illustrating how businesses can get involved with afterschool. Jobs related to STEM, including healthcare, advanced manufacturing, construction and computer science, are driving economic growth in Wyoming. Our state needs a workforce with the skills, enterprising aspirations and readiness to build our future economy. Learn how to get engaged with WYAA’s workforce development efforts.

Afterschool Works for Business is a fact sheet that addresses how afterschool and summer learning programs prepare young people for the jobs of tomorrow and help working parents keep their jobs. Investing in these programs will help build Wyoming’s future workforce and ensure that our businesses can succeed and grow.

Afterschool Works for Wyoming is a fact sheet showcasing how programs across the state secure critical resources for their communities, provide new learning opportunities, and are proven to help kids avoid risky behaviors and give parents a peace of mind.

WYAA Info Sheet details the initiatives, data, and deliverables we use to Create Partnerships, Build Programs, and Strengthen Youth in our Wyoming communities.

The Positive Impact of Afterschool is a research brief that features data on how afterschool programs reach middle and high school students across the state.

Afterschool STEM Learning Programs Benefit Wyoming is a fact sheet that highlights how STEM in afterschool can build skills for the future.

NATIONAL AFTERSCHOOL ALLIANCE TOOLKIT 

Helps you make the case for afterschool across a variety of audiences and platforms.

  • What to Say, When and to Whom
  • Engagement Materials and Tools
  • Helping Kids Learn and Grow
  • Keeping Kids Safe
  • Supporting Parents

NATIONAL AFTERSCHOOL ASSOCIATION RESOURCES PAGE

Offers publications, podcasts, videos and much, much more on their website.

Mission: The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is a statewide network working to create the conditions for young people to reach their full potential. We are a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation.

WYOMING AFTERSCHOOL ALLIANCE

1472 N. 5th Street, Suite 201
Laramie, WY 82072
Phone: 307-721-8300

 

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS IN WYOMING ARE HIGH-QUALITY, EDUCATION-FOCUSED, SAFE PLACES FOR ALL OF WYOMING’S YOUTH. QUALITY PRACTICES HELP MAKE THIS POSSIBLE!

 

WYOMING PROGRAM QUALITY PRACTICES

(PQPs) are research-based guidelines that provide a common understanding of the essential components of quality practice in afterschool and youth development programs.

The PQPs provide programs, communities and stakeholders with a way to voluntarily examine the quality of programs and to engage in important discussions about program quality. They set the stage for development of a comprehensive and coordinated system of services that will best serve Wyoming’s children and youth. Most of all, they send the message that we believe quality is important, and we hold ourselves accountable for improving quality.

Download the PQPs (Updated in March 2022)

WYOMING PROGRAM QUALITY PRACTICES WEBINAR

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance with assistance from National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST – http://www.niost.org/) produced an informative 20-minute webinar to walk through the PQPs and information about how to put them into practice in your afterschool program!

  • Section 1: Introduction to the Wyoming Program Quality Practice
  • Section 2: Putting the PQPs into Practice
  • Section 3: Connecting Quality

The webinar was produced in partnership with Wyoming afterschool professionals: Tamera Allen – Program Director of Double AAces in Weston County SD #1, Karen Bierhaus – Education Consultant with 21st CCLC at the Wyoming Department of Education, Shannon Christian – Executive Director of the Worland Youth Learning Center, Kei Owen – former Grant Assistant with the Natrona County Prevention Coalition, Tamra Petersen – Program Coordinator with the Uinta County BOES Education Center, and Christine Turner – former Program Director with Lincoln County School District #1.

Watch the PQP Webinar

WYOMING PROGRAM QUALITY PRACTICES USER GUIDE

This user guide describes how the PQPs fit into WYAA’s quality improvement efforts and offers concrete ways to use the PQPs. All school age, afterschool, and youth development programs in Wyoming can use this guide to improve their programming. This guide may also be a resource for families, community members, funders, and advocates who partner with program providers to improve outcomes for children and youth.

The user guide provides context for the eight domains of the PQPs:

  1. Physical Environment, Curriculum, and Program Activities
  2. Assessment, Planning, and Improvement
  3. Relationships
  4. Child and Youth Engagement
  5. Families and Communities
  6. Safety, Health, and Wellness
  7. Leadership and Administration
  8. Professional Development

Download the User Guide

WYOMING PROGRAM QUALITY PRACTICES SELF ASSESSMENT

This tool was designed to help afterschool and youth development professionals develop high-quality out-of-school time programs. It may also be a useful checklist for families. This self-assessment is a companion to the PQPs, which are based on research on best practices in programs for afterschool and youth development.

Download the Self Assessment Tool

CORE COMPETENCIES

The National Afterschool Alliance’s Core Knowledge and Competencies enable afterschool and youth development practitioners to demonstrate expertise and gain a higher level of recognition within their communities–particularly from school officials–that has long been sought after.

Check out the Core Competencies

THE STATE OF AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMMING IN WYOMING: AN ASSESSMENT OF NEEDS AND PERCEPTIONSS

In 2010, the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance, a C.S. Mott Foundation Statewide Afterschool Network and an initiative of the Wyoming Community Foundation, launched a research project to survey the capacity of public and private afterschool systems and to assess their effectiveness across Wyoming.

Download the Executive Summary.

Download the Wyoming Afterschool Quality Improvement Three-Year Initiative.

APAS – AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM ASSESSMENT SYSTEM

Program assessment is invaluable to creating the highest quality afterschool programs. WYAA, with support from National Institute of Out of School Time (NIOST) implemented the initiative.

Outcomes from APAS include:

  • An upward trend in attitudes, skills and behaviors of youth
  • Peer networking and relationship building between programs
  • A statewide shared vision and understanding of high quality afterschool and OST programming

Learn more.

WYOMING CAREER DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM REPORT

The Wyoming Career Development System Report identifies six components of a comprehensive career development system and makes recommendations for advancing each component in Wyoming. A cross-sector, continuum approach (one that supports those who serve a broad range of ages) is the most cost-effective way to provide quality programming for children and youth. With this in mind, these recommendations build on current systems and initiatives established in the early childhood field.

Download the Summary document. 

Download the Report.