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  • 2015 Lights on Afterschool: Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates thousands of media clippings each year. There are hundreds of events planned in Florida to celebrate afterschool. Lights on Afterschool will be celebrated nationally on Thursday, October 22nd and in support of activities throughout the state, Governor Rick Scott has issued a proclamation designating the day, as Lights On Afterschool Day in Florida!Please download the proclamation here.
  • Florida Parents Value Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Learning Opportunities Provided by Afterschool Programs: A special report released today (September 29, 2015), Full STEM Ahead: Afterschool Programs Step Up as Key Partners in STEM Education, finds broad support among Florida parents for providing STEM learning in afterschool, and high satisfaction with afterschool STEM offerings among parents of children in afterschool programs. Read full press release here.
  • Zero Robotics Middle School Competition: The 2015 Florida Zero Robotics Finals took place on August 14th at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). During the Finals, Florida advanced to the semifinal round, but in the end Massachusetts won the championship match-up against Idaho. Students enjoyed various educational breakout sessions at the KSC and were granted the opportunity to meet with former astronauts, surely a win for them all! Read more about the Zero Robotics program experience here. For more information on ZR, go to
  • Florida's Special Session Summary: FAN's partner, TheFlorida Children's Council, has published a comprehensive summary highlighting the 2015 special session that addressed tax cuts, health care and the budget. To read the full summary, visit, and while there, consider signing up for weekly legislative email updates provided through The Florida Children's Council's Capitol Connection.
  • Afterschool and Summer Programs STEM Learning Video Contest: Afterschool and summer learning programs are invited to submit videos that tell how your program sparks interest and excitement about science, technology, engineering and math! The winning program will have their video shown at a national STEM summit, and be awarded $1,000! Entries are due August 1 - see for more information.
  • What It Takes to Put Children on the Road to Success: The Wallace Foundation and the University of Chicago have released a paper exploring the necessary building blocks to build a foundation for children to be successful. Explore the brief here.
  • Action Alert! The Federally funded 21st CCLC afterschool program needs your continued support! The US Senate passed an amendment in April to keep funding for 21st CCLC in the new Every Child Achieves Act (which will update and replace the No Child Left Behind law). Please urge continued support for afterschool and summer learning programs by using the Afterschool Alliance’s Policy and Action Center to write a letter to Florida’s Senators thanking them for keeping 21st CCLC funding alive!
  • Lights On Afterschool: LOA will be celebrated nationally in the fall on Thursday, October 22, 2015. It’s not too early to start planning your events! The Afterschool Alliance has made it easy with their LOA Event Planning Kit. Once planned, be sure to register your event as Florida has been a national leader for Light’s On.
  • 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 to plan for an upcoming TEDx event at the Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) Main Campus. For more information, contact Samantha Thorstensen.
  • Improving STEM activities in Afterschool: Florida has a network of afterschool STEM Hubs whose mission is to increase quality of programming. For more information on FAN's STEM professional development resources and opportunities to learn more about infusing STEM into your afterschool program, visit our website at
  • Afterschool on Capital Dateline Online: FAN’s Michael Lannon and Joe Davis were featured on Inside Florida Politics and the Florida Newsmakers sections of this informative program from the Florida Cable Telecommunications Association. Capital Dateline airs on your local Florida Sun Sports/Fox Sports channel and on the web at
  • 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 data associated with Florida's afterschool programs, click here.
  • Florida Afterschool by the Numbers Fact Sheet: More than a decade of 21st CCLC data shows that afterschool programs are making a difference in the lives of children, but a significant state investment (both public and private) is needed in order for all students to have an opportunity to participate in afterschool. Check out the Florida Afterschool Fact Sheet for more information.
  • The American Youth Policy Forum, based in Washington, D.C.,hosted a discussion group with state afterschool networks on the topic of Coordinated Financing for Afterschool and Summer Learning. The Florida Afterschool Network participated in this event and a summary of the discussion and materials presented can be found on the AYPF website.