Florida

Florida Afterschool Network

The mission of the Florida Afterschool Network (FAN) is to provide unified leadership to advocate for the development, enhancement and sustainability of innovative, high-quality afterschool programs and policies statewide.

Accomplishments: 
  • FAN has increased its visibility within the governor’s office and state agencies including: the Governor’s Children and Youth Cabinet, Department of Children and Families, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Elder Affairs.
  • Significant increase in interest from state legislators in sponsoring dedicated afterschool funding initiatives in 2014, which led to a first ever state appropriation dedicated to afterschool funding.
  • FAN strengthened its partnerships with superintendents and school districts throughout Florida by adding additional afterschool champions and becoming a frequent guest at the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) meetings and events. Additionally, FAN engaged the Florida School Board Association and added school board members to Network committees.
  • Florida Student Success Summit: FAN co-sponsored the Florida Department of Education’s statewide afterschool and dropout prevention conference with over 900 attendees and FAN staff provided three presentations. 

  • FAN continued its participation in the American Graduate Project with partner WFSU to raise awareness of the importance of afterschool programs positively affecting graduation rates.

  • FAN coordinated Florida’s Zero Robotics competition with a Florida middle school team competing in the national finals. During the 2015 Florida Zero Robotics 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!

  • FAN staff and its board chair presented at the National Conference on Education (AASA) to superintendents from across the country to help expand awareness of how afterschool is supporting regular school day learning.

Current Projects and Initiatives: 
The Florida Afterschool Network continues to prioritize:
 
  • Increasing quality of existing afterschool programming and specifically enhance STEM & Literacy initiatives through promotion of FAN Quality Standards, 21st CCLC Gold Standard Practices, and a Grade Level Reading Campaign. FAN is engaged in meaningful professional development activities and continues to increase awareness via public relations efforts.

  • Increasing the number of opportunities for students to participate in afterschool through advocacy of additional state funding to match 21st CCLC funds and improving state policies that restrict capabilities of organizations to serve students outside of the regular school day. FAN continues to support and seek new partners for state and local afterschool providers in order to increase their abilities to expand services to children and families.