COVID-19 – Embracing FACTS, not FEAR

We know during this unprecedented time, there are real challenges emerging for out-of-school time programs and out-of-school time professionals and advocates.

Please continue to reach out, as needed, to discuss challenges you are facing in your community.  The Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance is here to be a resource for you and provide any support we can during this difficult time.  We will continue to advocate and be a voice for you with local, state and federal agencies.

Be sure to stay up to date as this situation changes quickly.  The Commonwealth of Kentucky has a centralized website for all COVID-19 updates here. 

Resources for OST professionals and advocates:

KYOSA Online Learning Platform – The Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance offers the latest in training for OST professionals and advocates.  Network members can access these trainings anytime and anywhere. Users can also can track their progress and earn certificates of completion through their user account. Our online learning system is available for use FREE of charge to KYOSA network members.

Afterschool Tech Toolkit – the National Afterschool Association has a great centralized site for how to use technology for OST professionals to encourage connecting with 21st CCLC program participants virtually in an effort to reduce isolation for students and staff

COVID-19: Considerations for the Afterschool Field – the Afterschool Alliance has gathered examples of effective guidance for programs, and issues you might want to consider

COVID-19 and Kids: Resources from Save the Children – as the world’s leading expert on childhood, this website is dedicated to providing tools and tips you can trust for parents, caregivers, teachers, OST staff and all those who care about children in crisis

The BOOST Cafe Resource Center – a collection of FREE resources curated by BOOST (Best of Out-of-School Time) and sorted by grade level and category

Alliance for a Healthier Generation – provides free, evidence-based resources to support the physical, social, and emotional health of children and their caregivers. Here you will find a selection of these resources designed to support you in reducing stress, eating healthy, moving regularly, getting quality sleep, and more

Free STEM Resources – in order to aid educators throughout this time, STEMfinity is offering their ongoing listing of free STEM resources to help in planning for potentially long school closures and student absences

Bring STEM Learning Home – the Afterschool Alliance has put together a list of STEM activities and curriculum to help keep both students and adults engaged during these times

Supporting Families and COVID-19 – the STEM Next Opportunity Fund talks about five practices that afterschool providers can use to support families during this uncertain time

Youth For Youth – technical assistance site has a robust offering of professional development modules designed for 21st Century Community Learning Center programs

Khan Academy: Remote Learning During School Closures – free online educational resources for students, parents and teachers

Hechinger Report – helping kids who are feeling isolated and anxious after schools shut down

Ready4K (English) / (Spanish) – provided, FREE of charge, through the support of Save the Children, Ready4K is a research-based text messaging program for families with kids ages 0 to 9. Each week, you’ll receive 3 texts with fun facts and tips on ways to help your child learn and grow

Keep Calm, Learning is On! (English) / Spanish – the Learning Hero Roadmap guides you with daily support for math, reading, life skills, and more

Kentucky Career Center – we know that this can be a challenging time for the out-of-school time workforce so please be sure to check out unemployment resources in your community which now covers childcare workers employed by religious affiliated organizations and non-profits