Missouri

Missouri AfterSchool Network

Established in 2001, the Missouri AfterSchool Network (MASN) builds systems and engages partners across the state to expand, sustain and support afterschool programs.

Accomplishments: 
  • MASN and the Missouri School Age Community Coalition (MOSAC2 , NAA Affiliate) partnered to use Capwiz to communicate policy issues with partners and affiliate members.

  • MASN assisted the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the revision of the data collection and evaluation requirements for the 21st CCLC grantees.  This will yield new data that can be used for policy briefs following this grant year.

  • Missouri’s 21st CCLC programs are now being assessed using the School Age Program Quality Assessment (SAPQA) and Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA).  

  • MASN has developed a cadre of trainers that provide STEM trainings throughout the state on NPASS, Sci Girls, and Afterschool Math Plus.  

  • MASN sponsored the Missouri Math and Science Coalition’s Statewide STEM Summit in November 2013 in Kansas City.  MASN, Project LIFTOFF, and the Kansas Enrichment Network presented information about STEM in Afterschool.

  • MASN has collaborated with the 4-H Robotics program to provide “robotics coaching” to new elementary and middle school programs that are just starting to offer robotics activities.  The coaching includes consultation, training, and implementation support as site staff learn the basics of robotics and how to structure their programs.

  • In partnership with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, we have provided 5 local communities with mini-grants to host local STEM Summits.  The local STEM Summit RFP was modeled after the NLC Mayoral Summits model and requires leadership from a STEM business representative, K-12 Administrator, and Afterschool Program Director.  

Current Projects and Initiatives: 
 
  • MASN’s Quality Committee has been working on developing “best practices” survey questions for youth surveys, staff surveys, and parent surveys.  The combination of this project and the changes to the 21st CCLC evaluation plan lead to a partnership with the Weikart Center to create a single survey that would meet the requirements for the Weikart Center’s Leading Indicators and Missouri’s additional data collection needs.  
  • MASN ensures that at least two state-approved trainings are offered in each region of the state, with most areas having more offerings.  Trainings meet the needs of state grantees, but are open to any program regardless of funding.