The Afterschool Alliance is a key partner in helping MTAA connect our state-specific work to national efforts to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. They are a great starting point whether you want to learn why afterschool matters or you want to learn how to communicate the impacts you see everyday in afterschool.
On February 14, 2018 MTAA held a Montana Conference Call to chat about strategies that align with the tools below. You can access a recording of the call here.
Tools for communicating about federal funding and supports for afterschool: (updated 2/18)
Tools for generally communicating the importance and positive outcomes of afterschool:
Afterschool Alliance Factsheets on Afterschool (Use and distribute widely!)
Afterschool Works! Montana Info, August 2017 Factsheet
21st Century Community Learning Centers: Statewide Evaluation Academic Highlights, March 2017 Factsheet
Afterschool Supports Student Success, May 2016 Factsheet
How to Build a Consortium - Information and Webinar
STEM Summit 2017
Find resources from the STEM Summit hosted by the Montana Afterschool Alliance and MSU at
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Montana Girls STEM Collaborative Project
The Montana Girls STEM Collaborative Project brings together organizations throughout Montana that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Montana Girls STEM offers professional development opportunities, best practices for engaging girls in STEM, an e-newsletter and social media channels, training for role models and mentors, and an infrastructure for building STEM collaborations.
You can find more information and follow Montana Girls STEM here:
Bedtime Math: Crazy 8s Math Club
Have you heard about Crazy 8s? It’s a new, hands-on math club tailor-made for the high-energy after-school environment. Kids build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…and build friendships at the same time.
Crazy 8s is designed to appeal to any kid –not just kids who already love math– with fun activities like Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry and Toilet Paper Olympics. The program is being offered by Bedtime Math Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids love numbers so they can handle the math in everyday life.
Bedtime Math provides afterschool programs with a free kit containing full directions and most of the materials needed to run the 8 week club. Each kit is designed for 10-20 kids in grades K-2 or 3-5. The afterschool program provides an enthusiastic coach and some simple supplies, and a commitment to run the club as intended.
Early response to Crazy 8s has been very promising – since the first kit shipped in April 2014, more than 4,000 Crazy 8s clubs have been established across the country. The program is easy to run, and is proving to be popular with both kids and coaches. Visit http://bedtimemath.org/crazy-8s/ to learn more and apply.