After School Learning Network

The After School Network was established in 2004 as a regional network focused on Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. After working together for some time the collaborative decided that it would be more effective to split into geographic regions, creating the CincyAfterSchool Network, which focused on Cincinnati Public Schools, and Transform Network, which focused on the United Way multicounty footprint. In November 2009 the network expanded again to encompass both Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The newly reformed network, which also includes out of school time providers and summer programs, became the After-School Learning Network (ASLN).

We recently developed a team charter including new strategies to meet our defined goals of keeping kids safe, supporting families and enhancing academic achievement. The strategies to meet these goals are:

1. Sustain a network of partnerships that influence after-school policies and collaborative efforts.

• To focus on methods of inclusion and engagement around parents, families and communities.

• To foster collaboration between learning activities conducted during the school day and afterschool programs.

2. Develop and sustain resources for new and existing after-school programs.

3. Promote and deliver resources that improve after-school program quality.

• To measure ASLN activities’ impact on academics and social emotional outcomes with common measures and tracking.

Since reforming we’ve conducted a survey of members to gather baseline data on the collaborative. Based on the results we have identified several areas on which our collaborative should focus, including student retention, staff training and family engagement. Our next steps include creating an action plan that will lead the collaborative in sustaining successes, finding solutions to challenges and measuring impact.