WYAA CONNECTS

THE WYOMING AFTERSCHOOL ALLIANCE IS SHARING RESOURCES THAT MIGHT BE HELPFUL TO YOU.

Wyoming Guidance for Childcare Providers

June 9, 2019: More than 115 people attended a town hall on Wyoming Guidance for Childcare Providers hosted in partnership with Wyoming Kids First and the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance on June 9. Panelists from the Wyoming Department of Health clarified guidance and answered questions from childcare and youth serving organizations working to re-open. The discussion was led by Stephanie Pyle, Wyoming Department of Health with support from Dr. Alexia Harrist, Wyoming Department of Health and Nichole Anderson, Wyoming Department of Family Services. See the recording below and access the slide deck here.

Wyoming Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge

  • Wyoming’s youth are being called to shape Wyoming’s future. Learn about the exciting new entrepreneurship program happening this spring for young people for ages 10-22 at wyafterschoolalliance.org/pitch-challenge

Summer Activity Guide

  • The Summer Activity Guide is a suite of fun and engaging activities and challenges designed specifically for this atypical summer. Planning for summer just got a whole lot easier! We heard your concerns about how to maintain engagement throughout an atypical summer and have developed a suite of fun and engaging activities and challenges designed specifically to accommodate COVID-19 summer. Visit wyafterschoolalliance.org/summer-learning.

WYAA: Making Connections

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance connects people and programs to benefit kids and families. Are you an afterschool professional looking for ideas for a virtual program? Are you a parent or caregiver looking for something to augment home learning? WYAA will help you make connections. Select from the topics below.

 

WYAA Special Roundtable Series: Design for Summer Learning

Please join us to think together about how we design new strategies to support young people’s potential. See recordings from the series below where afterschool professionals and community leaders gathered to connect, learn and innovate together to benefit Wyoming’s most important resource: our children.

 

Recorded Sessions and Slide Decks

More News & Resources

  • Afterschool Alliance: Afterschool programs looking for information and resources should check this page first. Go to afterschoolalliance.org/covid
  • State of Wyoming: This page provides a centralized portal for Wyoming residents to stay up-to-date on news and information from the Wyoming Departments of Health, Education, and more. Find it at covid19.wyo.gov.
  • Wyoming Hunger Initiative: The Wyoming Hunger Initiative’s COVID-19 Task Force has been hard at work creating a clearinghouse for COVID-19 response information across all Wyoming counties. Visit www.nohungerwyo.org/covid. 
  • Wyoming Department of Education: This website is being used to communicate with superintendents and others and to provide support to school districts. Visit edu.wyoming.gov/educators/covid-19-resources.
  • 2-1-1: Wyoming 2-1-1 and the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) are partnering to provide a public telephone helpline for COVID-19 questions and information. The statewide helpline provides free, confidential information and referrals to health and human services. By dialing 2-1-1 from anywhere in the state of Wyoming, people are linked to information about COVID-19 as well as local resources, from both government and nonprofit agencies. It is available Monday-Friday from 8:00am-6:00pm. Learn more at wy211.communityos.org.
  • Public Health Nursing County Offices: These offices support specific town/county efforts or initiatives. To find locations and contact information, visit health.wyo.gov/publichealth/nursing/phn-co-offices/.
  • Internet Resources: Comcast (click here) and Spectrum (click here) are offering free services to qualifying students. Zoom (click here) is temporarily lifting the 40-minute time limit on free Basic accounts for schools affected by the Coronavirus.

WYAA will post links on this page. If you would like to receive updates, specific to new resources, you can opt in here. Contact the WYAA offices at 307-335-9922. Updated 6/10/20

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.