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 DESE Announcements - Directly Related to Grant Award

Additional 21st CCLC Guidance for Fall 
by Cindy Heislen
 7/29/2020 9:30 AM

The email below was sent out on July 29 to provide further guidance for 21st CCLC grantees this fall.

From: Wolf, Kim <>
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 9:26 AM
Subject: Missouri's 21st CCLC Guidance Related to...

Seeking 21st CCLC Grantee With Successful Partnership - Quick Turnaround 
by Cindy Heislen
 7/21/2020 2:31 PM

We are looking for one 21st CCLC program to represent MO in an upcoming Y4Y webinar series in the beginning of August on developing effective partnerships. The areas of focus are:

·         Rural grantee...
21st CCLC Summer Syposium 
by Cindy Heislen
 7/14/2020 8:26 AM

While the summer symposium begins today at 11:00 a.m., it's still not too late to register. There are a lot of GREAT sessions planned for these three half days. Please see below for more information.


Dear Colleague,
There is still time...
21st CCLC Summer Symposium - Registration Now Open 
by Cindy Heislen
 6/17/2020 1:57 PM

This year's summer symposium will be held virtually July 14-16. Registration is now open and filling up. If you would like to take advantage of this great professional development opportunity virtually, please go to the Portal training tab and look for...

Updated Guidance - 21st CCLC Carry-Over 
by Cindy Heislen
 6/16/2020 4:00 PM

​The following email was sent to grantees on June 16. Please note the change in guidance previously sent.

From: Wolf, Kim <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 2:30 PM
Subject: Clarification on the Allowability of 21st...
21st CCLC Continuation Report - Updated 
by Cindy Heislen
 6/10/2020 2:08 PM

The continuation report has been edited to allow more room for dates and includes three blank pages at the end for the areas needing additional space. It is now reposted on the Portal. There are no content changes so you do not have to access this updated...

21st CCLC Continuation Report 
by Cindy Heislen
 5/26/2020 2:48 PM

An email was sent to all 21st CCLC grantee contacts on May 19 announcing the 2020-21 continuation report was available to see the attached. It is also posted on the Portal under the Procedures and Report Forms tab. Due date: June 19, 2020. Note:...

21st CCLC National Summer Symposium 
by Cindy Heislen
 5/26/2020 9:46 AM

The July 2020 21st CCLC summer symposium will​ be held virtually. Please see the training tab for updated information and a link to their webpage for more information.

Guidance for SAC Grantees - Grant Extension 
by Cindy Heislen
 4/28/2020 11:35 AM

Due to COVID-19, SAC grantees may extend their 19-20 grants through September 15, 2020. However, you must obtain prior approval from your assigned DESE afterschool supervisor (via email, there is no form) indicating how much money you will need to...

Serving Children During COVID-19 Attachment 
by Cindy Heislen
 4/21/2020 10:01 AM

Please see the attached information pertaining to serving children during COVID-19 in Afterschool.

Guidance for Afterschool Programs Related to COVID-19 
by Cindy Heislen
 4/16/2020 1:01 PM

We have updated our DESE Afterschool webpage to include the two pieces of guidance our section has released to grantees along with a list of entities that have resources available to assist programs during this time (if needed). Please visit our DESE...

SAC Grant Writing Workshop Material 
by Cindy Heislen
 4/16/2020 7:54 AM

​You can find the School Age Community (SAC) Grant Writing Workshop PowerPoint posted here on the Portal under the reference page, under the DESE Presentations window. This workshop was held on March 6, 2020. We anticipate opening a new SAC grant competition...

KCC Updates 
by Cindy Heislen
 4/16/2020 7:47 AM

Please see the guidance and announcements posted on the homepage of KCC regarding changes to entering activities during the COVID-19.​

DESE Updates  
by Cindy Heislen
 4/9/2020 8:36 AM

The following message was emailed to SAC and 21st CCLC grantees on Thursday, April 9:

From: Wolf, Kim <>
Sent: Thursday, April 09, 2020 8:20 AM
Subject: Updates for SAC and 21st CCLC Grants
We realize...
New DESE Afterschool Supervisor 
by Cindy Heislen
 4/2/2020 7:34 AM

We are SO excited to announce we have hired Cheryl Pickett to join our DESE Afterschool team! Cheryl joined our team on Monday, March 30.​ Cheryl has previous experience working with the federal programs section in DESE (Title I, II, IV-A, etc.)....

Budget Amendment Update to Deadline for Supplies and Equipment Amendments 
by Cindy Heislen
 3/25/2020 10:32 AM

​The following update was emailed to grantees on March 25, 2020.

Please note that the deadline for SAC/21st CCLC Budget Amendments (March 25, 2020) has been waived for this year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at
Afterschool Grant Surveys - Update 
by Cindy Heislen
 3/25/2020 10:30 AM

From the Missouri AfterSchool Network (MASN)​

As we react and adapt to the growing challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak, we hope that your program’s staff, youth, partners and family are safe and healthy at this time. With programs and school districts...

Afterschool Grantee Guidance Related to COVID-19Attachment 
by Cindy Heislen
 3/19/2020 10:15 AM

The attached guidance was emailed to all grantee contacts on March 19. 2020.​

Our office staff will continue to work during this time, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Evaluation/Guided Reflection Update 
by Cindy Heislen
 3/5/2020 2:34 PM

As indicated previously, the 2018-19 evaluation/guided reflection was significantly delayed. However, this information is now ​complete and the data reports are currently being distributed to programs and external evaluators. The new due date for submission...

SAC Grant Writing Workshop 
by Cindy Heislen
 2/19/2020 8:07 AM

The SAC Grant Writing Workshop has been rescheduled for Friday, March 6 in Jefferson City. For more information and registration, please visit:

If you previously...

New Name for 21st CCLC 
by Cindy Heislen
 2/19/2020 8:04 AM

On December 20, 2019 the President signed bills to fund the Federal Government in which the budget agreement included a new provision modifying the name of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community...

DESE Staff Change  
by Cindy Heislen
 2/7/2020 10:32 AM

For those of you assigned to Kelly Kempker as your DESE afterschool supervisor, please be aware that today Friday, February 7, 2020 will be her last day in afterschool. She is moving on to another federal program in DESE and will be missed...

SAC Grant Writing Workshop - February 6 ---- CANCELED 
by Cindy Heislen
 2/5/2020 7:48 AM

Due to the weather and possible hazardous travel, the School Age Community Grant Writing Workshop for February 6 in Jefferson City is CANCELED. We have a new date of Friday, March 6 (same time and location in Jefferson City). Next week we will send out...

21st CCLC Summer Symposium 
by Cindy Heislen
 2/4/2020 12:47 PM

Proposals are currently being accepted to present at this year's 21st CCLC Summer Symposium. The event will be held in Baltimore, Maryland on July 15-16, 2020. They are seeking proposals for approximately 90 breakout sessions; sessions shall be in 75-minute...

21st CCLC Evaluation/Guided Reflection Update 
by Cindy Heislen
 1/22/2020 8:14 AM

As indicated previously, your guided reflection/evaluation process is delayed. The challenges that caused the delay have been resolved and things are now quickly moving forward. The Missouri AfterSchool Network (MASN) has sent an update to each of your...

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 Other Announcements

MASN Grantee Directors Calls August - October 
by Cindy Heislen
 8/7/2020 1:57 PM

The Missouri AfterSchool Network (MASN) will begin bi-weekly grantee directors calls again for August through October. The first call we be held on Tuesday, August 11 at 10:00 a.m. Please register at: ​

School Age Community (SAC) Grant - Now Open 
by Cindy Heislen
 8/4/2020 12:13 PM

The School Age Community (SAC) Grant for before and/or afterschool programs is now open for 2020-2021.  The application is due no later than Monday, September 21, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Central Time.  You may download the Grant Application below:

Exemptions for School Start Dates 
by Cindy Heislen
 5/14/2020 3:25 PM

Start Date Law Exemptions
The State Board of Education voted on May 12 to grant exemptions to the school start date law that goes into effect for the 2020-21 school year, given the unusual and extenuating circumstances COVID-19 has presented. The State...

DESE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information 
by Cindy Heislen
 3/19/2020 10:36 AM

DESE sent out information concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to school administrators on Tuesday, March 17 at 2:54 p.m. The DESE webpage is being updated several times a day: ​Please check there for any new information....

Beyond the Bell Training 
by Cindy Heislen
 3/9/2020 9:36 AM

This workshop has been rescheduled for April 7 (previous February date was canceled due to weather)​. Registration will come out around the middle of March. See the training tab for more information.

21st CCLC Summer InstituteAttachment 
by Cindy Heislen
 2/19/2020 8:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Education will be hosting a summer symposium (formerly institute) this year in July in Baltimore, MD. There will be 90 breakout sessions this year (unlike last year) and they are currently seeking presenters. If you are interested...

High School Student Leadership Summits 
by Cindy Heislen
 2/4/2020 12:55 PM

​After we had some barriers to our December Summit, we decided to host the Summit at two sites to accommodate as many programs as possible for this event. We are grateful to have added a new partner in Southeast Missouri State University to this event....

SAC Grant Writing Workshop 
by Cindy Heislen
 2/4/2020 11:55 AM

The School Age Community (SAC) grant writing workshop scheduled for Thursday, February 6 is pending. We are monitoring the weather at this time and will make a decision about the workshop tomorrow morning. For those registered, an email will be sent to...

DSS Time and Attendance Tracking System 
by Cindy Heislen
 12/19/2019 11:04 AM

Does your program currently claim subsidy? If so, are you aware of the new time and attendance tracking system DSS is requiring of programs to use this year? ​Several training sessions of the new system have been conducted recently. Please be sure...

Afterschool Ambassadors Announced 
by Cindy Heislen
 11/5/2019 10:57 AM

​Congratulations to all of the Afterschool Ambassadors!!

MASN Public Policy and Awareness is celebrating a milestone with its fifth year of the MASN Afterschool Ambassador Program! We are so delighted with this group of passionate afterschool professionals...
Chat & Chew with the Chat Pack 
by Cindy Heislen
 11/5/2019 10:32 AM

Chat & Chew with the Chat Pack – Join the moderators of the Chat Pack Facebook group on a monthly basis to talk about afterschool. The conversation is wide open and can cover whatever is on our collective minds! This is an informal opportunity to...

Show Me Afterschool Community Conversation 
by Cindy Heislen
 10/8/2019 8:34 AM

​Join program staff, parents, and community leaders to discuss the important role afterschool programs play for safety, prevention and providing opportunities for children and families.

Location: Gateway Middle School, 1200 N. Jefferson Avenue, St....

Afterschool Ambassador Opportunity - Adult and YouthAttachment 
by Cindy Heislen
 9/10/2019 1:28 PM

Did you see the announcement from the Missouri AfterSchool Network (MASN) that they are now accepting applications for both youth and adult afterschool ambassadors in Missouri. ​Please see the attached email for more details.

Constitution Day 
by Cindy Heislen
 9/6/2019 9:45 AM

September 17 is Constitution Day/Citizenship Day, commemorating the September 17, 1787, signing of the U.S. Constitution.  In recognition, Congress has mandated that every educational institution receiving federal funding hold an educational...

Lights On Afterschool Day Coming Soon! 
by Cindy Heislen
 8/28/2019 9:20 AM

Lights on Afterschool

Lights On Afterschool is a 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...
New Resource Guide: Combating the Opioid Crisis and Other Substance Misuse 
by Cindy Heislen
 3/28/2019 1:38 PM

​This guide was shared with the federal U.S. Department of Education's 21st CCLC team from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy regarding the release of a new school resource guide for teachers, administrators and staff to help educate...

Child Care Provider Trainings 
by Cindy Heislen
 12/21/2017 8:33 AM

The revised training FAQs for child care providers have been posted to the internet;

Youth Development CredentialAttachment 
by Cindy Heislen
 11/8/2011 4:10 PM
A Youth Development Credential (School Age CDA) is available for afterschool professional development.  Please see the attached document for more information.

 Please Note:

by Cindy Heislen
 3/26/2018 1:40 PM
Below are possible funding opportunties that may be relevant to some programs; many have due dates already expired but they remain here on the Portal as a reference for you to refer to for future funding as we may not always get updates directly...

 Grant & Funding Opportunties

Evy Rosqvist Mercedes-Benz 220SE Matchbox Replica  
by Cindy Heislen
 10/8/2019 12:15 PM

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) and Mattel have teamed up to show children, particularly girls, that they can aspire to be and do anything they desire. There are no limits.  And, by working with the National Girls Collaborative project, thousands...

STEM Contest for 6-12th Grade Teachers and Students 
by Cindy Heislen
 10/8/2019 8:24 AM

Samsung announced their 10th annual Solve for Tomorrow contest and applications are being accepted through October 23rd.  Samsung will award more than $3 million to 300 school beneficiaries throughout this school year.  All that’s required of...

AmeriCorps State Formula Grant Opportunity 
by Cindy Heislen
 10/1/2019 10:44 AM

The Missouri Community Service Commission would like to invite you to apply for formula funds through the 2020-21 Missouri Notice of Funding Opportunity (MO NOFO). These funds support eligible organizations to operate AmeriCorps programs in Missouri...

Afterschool Video Contest 
by Cindy Heislen
 9/10/2019 1:29 PM

Grab your video cameras and start filming for the 6th annual Afterschool Video Contest!  This year we will have two categories: youth-directed videos and program videos. For the youth-directed videos category, videos must be planned, produced,...

Youth Changing the World Grant 
by Cindy Heislen
 9/9/2019 11:50 AM

With generous support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, YSA will award Afterschool Grants of up to $500 each to support youth service or service-learning in afterschool programs.

Activities can take place any time between November 1 and the...
Don't Quit Campaign - National Foundation for Governor's Fitness CouncilsAttachment 
by Cindy Heislen
 3/7/2019 1:04 PM

The National Foundation for Governor’s Fitness Councils (NFGFC) has selected the State of Missouri for its 2019 DON’T QUIT! Campaign. There will be three schools in Missouri that will be chosen to receive the award. The details are included in the letter...

New York Life Foundation's 2019 Aim High Grants for Middle School OST 
by Cindy Heislen
 12/11/2018 3:03 PM

The New York Life Foundation will make 26 grants to out-of-school time programs serving youth through their Aim High local grant program. Join us for this webinar to learn more about the funding opportunity, eligibility requirements, and...

Voices for Healthy Kids Funding Opportunity 
by Cindy Heislen
 8/16/2017 10:02 AM

We are excited to share that Voices for Healthy Kids recently reopened their grants. The goal of the grant opportunities is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase...

New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award or Founder’s Award 
by Cindy Heislen
 1/18/2017 9:23 AM

Both the New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award and Founder’s Award recognize outstanding summer programs or models that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for young...

New Grant for Middle School Afterschool 
by Cindy Heislen
 1/11/2017 2:08 PM

Thinking about how to support middle school OST? The New York Life Foundation has opened a new Aim High grant opportunity focused on middle school. Aim High will provide $1.95M over three years to middle school afterschool, summer or expanded learning...

AmeriCorps Grants Available Now for 2017-2018 
by Cindy Heislen
 1/11/2017 2:06 PM
The Missouri community Service Commission (MCSC) is seeking proposals from non-profit organizations, school districts, institutions of higher education, and faith-based organizations interested in operating AmeriCorps programs to strengthen local communities...
Grant Opportunity through the Missouri State Parks Bus Grant Program 
by Cindy Heislen
 8/30/2016 7:50 AM
The Missouri State Parks Bus Grant program assists schools and nonprofit organizations with the transportation expenses of field trips and outdoor learning opportunities at Missouri state parks and historic sites. The grants are available to schools and...
Reading for Investment - Matching Grant Opportunity for Literacy Programming 
by Cindy Heislen
 8/1/2016 3:58 PM
Reading Is Fundamental is a non-profit focused on children’s literacy. RIF believes that by providing children in need with access to books of their choosing, youth are empowered to embrace the world of reading and to develop a love of learning. RIF recently...
How and Where to Secure Funding from STEM, EdTech, PD, etc. 
by Cindy Heislen
 2/4/2016 2:16 PM
Download the guide of more than 50 resources for funding.
Mad Science Rube Coldberg Contest 
by Cindy Heislen
 11/16/2015 11:38 AM
Win up to $1500 for your program.
Mad Science® – in collaboration with Rube Goldberg Inc. – is proud to present The Elementary School Rube Goldberg Machine Contest®! The contest challenges teams of elementary school students (grades K-6, 5-12 years old)...
AmeriCorps Funding 
by Cindy Heislen
 7/28/2016 10:34 AM
The Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC) seeks proposals from eligible organizations interested in operating AmeriCorps programs to strengthen local communities through national service and volunteerism. Eligible organizations include public or...
Dollar General Literacy Award - Partnership with Afterschool Alliance 
by Cindy Heislen
 8/11/2015 1:01 PM
The Afterschool Alliance and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are pleased to announce the return of the Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award. This time, the focus of the award is on afterschool programs that have demonstrated excellence in...
Community Action Grants 
by Cindy Heislen
 7/28/2016 10:27 AM

This site has a long list of grants, many are not afterschool related, but I don't know how often they update information that could be relevant.

Pets in Classrooms Grant 
by Cindy Heislen
 7/28/2016 10:23 AM
These grants are intended to support pets or aquariums in the classroom for the purposes of teaching children to bond with and care for their pets responsibly. The welfare of the small animals involved is of paramount importance. These grants must...
K-12 School Grants 
by Cindy Heislen
 7/28/2016 10:25 AM
Here are a lot of grants I did not pre-review for eligibility or relation to afterschool programming but feel free to take a look through the list yourself. You can also select by state, to which there are two grants for Missouri. But some of the other...
Grants to Support Summer Learning Opportunities for Teachers 
by Cindy Heislen
 7/28/2016 10:32 AM
Fund for Teachers awards summer fellowship grants to pre-K-12 grade teachers to pursue self-designed professional learning. Teachers decide what they want to learn and where they want to learn it. Their odysseys take them all over the world—as scientists,...
Free Educational Equipment - Campbell's 
by Cindy Heislen
 7/28/2016 10:22 AM
For the past 42 years, Campbell has proudly offered Labels for Education® which has contributed more than $110 million in school supplies to tens of thousands of schools across the U.S. It is one of a number of ways in which we support American kids and...
Library Grants for Disaster Areas Or High Displaced/Evacuee Students - Dollar General 
by Cindy Heislen
 7/19/2013 10:56 AM
Dollar General, in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the National Education Association (NEA), is sponsoring a school library disaster relief fund for public school libraries...
Music Grants 
by Cindy Heislen
 7/19/2013 10:53 AM

Fender Music Foundation grants are awarded to music academies, schools, local music programs and national music programs across America, particularly in-school music classes, in which the students make music; after-school music programs that are not run...