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More children in grades K-12 take care of themselves, unsupervised or in the care of a sibling, after school than the number being educated and supervised by adults in after school programs.
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  • Florida's 21st CCLC Proposals are due Wednesday, April 29th, 2015: This year the Florida Department of Education has released two 21st Century Community Learning Centers Requests for Proposals (RFPs): The 21st CCLC Statewide RFP to operate a 21st CCLC program in any Florida county and the 21st CCLC Geographic Diversity RFP targeting counties not currently served by a 21st CCLC program. The due date to submit a Notice of Intent to apply for either RFP is April 10th, 2015 (although a notice of intent is not required).
  • Zero Robotics Middle School Competition: FAN's Request For Proposals (RFP) for the 2015 Zero Robotics Middle School Competition has been released with Monday, April 27th being the deadline to submit proposals. The application process to be selected to compete in this year’s Florida's competition can be found here. The Florida ZR program overview and timeline should be helpful in your planning. For addition details about Zero Robotics or how your afterschool program can participate and compete, please email Samantha Thorstensen at
  • Infusing Science Into Afterschool: Saturday April 18th- FAN, NASA and the Astronauts Memorial Foundation will be hosting a STEM System Building Professional Development Workshop at the Miami Children's Museum. The event runs from 10am - 2pm, with lunch provided, free admission for afterschool educators, STEM sessions for your afterschool program, and door prizes! Click here for more information or contact Samantha Thorstensen at
  • Join Arnold Schwarzenegger at the National After-School Summit! Congress is debating eliminating $1 billion for after-school programs. Over one and a half million students need these resources. You can watch the webcast of the National After-School Summit on that was held on March 24th and get informed.
  • Afterschool for All Challenge was held March 10th, 2015, in Washington DC. This year's Challenge was a huge success with hundreds of afterschool advocates visiting members on Capitol Hill conveying the message of the importance of afterschool and summer learning. This year's Challenge emphasized the importance of maintaining the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program in reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which remains the only dedicated federal funding stream for afterschool.
  • Action Alert! The Federal 21st CCLC afterschool program needs your support! The Afterschool Alliance has made it easy for stakeholders to contact their congressional members to voice concerns over the prospect of 21st CCLC being removed from ESEA Reauthorization. To learn more about how you can provide your support, go to the Policy and Action Center.
  • Florida's Afterschool programs are working! Florida has been recognized as a Top Ten State for its high quality programming, for targeting student populations with the greatest needs, and for parental satisfaction. However, the demand for more opportunities for students to participate continues to be strong. For more information on the data associated with Florida's afterschool programs, click here.
  • Florida After 3PM Fact Sheet: Want to know more about afterschool in Florida? The latest survey data from the Afterschool Alliance gives insightful information on parental satisfaction of afterschool programs in Florida and the benefits to students who regularly participate in afterschool.
  • STEM DAY at the Capitol: On April 21st, FAN and the Orlando Science Center will join forces with other partners and head to Tallahassee for the second annual STEM Day at the Capitol! We hope you will consider joining us in the capital city. STEM Day is an opportunity to advocate for the importance of STEM learning in afterschool, facilitate discussion with state legislators, engage them in active participation of hands-on STEM activities, and promote the value of partnerships as a tool to inspire and encourage our youth to pursue STEM careers. Contact Nicholas Shy at or Samantha Thorstensen at for more information on how you can be involved.
  • Florida's TEDx Afterschool event: FAN is seeking inspiring and motivational speakers to deliver 3-7 minute messages on the power of afterschool programming. FAN is continuing planning for an upcoming TEDx event, which will tentatively be held in the summer of 2015 at the Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) Main Campus. For more information, contact Samantha Thorstensen.
  • FAN's Regional Afterschool STEM Hubs: For more information on FAN's STEM Professional Development Resources and opportunities to learn more about infusing STEM into your afterschool programs, visit our website at