Weekly Round-Up, June 24, 2014

Weekly Round-Up, June 24, 2014

Dear Colleague,

Congratulations on a successful Summer Learning Day 2014! We had an unprecedented 96 communities participate by June 20th, either by pledging, putting an event or program on the National Summer Learning Association’s map, or both. It is inspiring to see so many significant and ongoing commitments to addressing summer learning loss. Thank you for everything you have done, and for what you will continue to do. And remember--summer has only just begun, and you can still add summer learning events or pledges to the map.

Here’s the latest news from the Network Communities Support Center:

  • In this week’s Bright Spot, Wake County, NC held a spring book drive that gathered almost 70,000 books for disadvantaged children, nearly double the original goal! Click here to read more or download the Bright Spot pdf. To nominate a community for this feature, email Betsy Rubiner at brubiner@gradelevelreading.net. Self-nominations are encouraged!
  • The next Network Communities Support Center Monthly Webinar will be held on Thursday, July 10 at 3 p.m. ET. Register here. (Note that this is an alteration from the first Thursday of the month in deference to the July 4th holiday.) July’s featured event is Attendance Awareness Month coming up in September. Hedy Chang with Attendance Works will outline effective strategies for addressing chronic attendance. Next, many communities are using the Results Scorecard to select strategy and track results. JaNay Queen with Results Leadership Group will share examples of how GLR communities use the Results Scorecard software. The webinar will conclude with a peer-sharing Round Robin.
  • The Afterschool Alliance and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are seeking nominations for the first ever Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award. $10,000 will go to an exemplary afterschool program that is providing literacy support and guidance to middle schoolers. Nominations must be received by August 15, 2014. Apply here.
  • The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has announced a new $500 million funding opportunity to expand access to high-quality, comprehensive services for low-income infants and toddlers and their families. This includes creation of Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships and expansion of Early Head Start services. The deadline is August 20, 2014. Apply here.
  • The Office Depot Foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations, government agencies, libraries, and schools that bring systemic change to communities across the United States, is providing grants averaging $1,000 in three distinct categories: 1) Giving Children Tools for Success, 2) Building Capacity to Serve Communities and 3) Disaster Preparedness, Relief, Recovery, and Rebuilding. Applications will be accepted through October 31, 2014. Read more and apply.


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