The Nevada Afterschool Network provides opportunities, increases access and promotes quality in out-of-school-time programs in Nevada.
The Nevada Afterschool Network (NAN) is an initiative under the Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy (NICRP) at the UNLV School of Public Health.
NAN is committed to providing a structural network through the development of cooperative partnerships resulting in quality out-of-school time programs. This includes ensuring quality technical support, professional development, sustainable funding and advocacy to promote strong policy for out-of-school-time programs at the local, county, regional and state level.
Nevada Afterschool Network supports out-of-school time programs to provide access to safe and quality opportunities for all school-age youth.
All youth have access to safe and quality out-of-school time programs in Nevada.
WE BELIEVE THAT
- Continuous quality improvement of OST programs is accomplished through intentional interactive communication between the Network, key stakeholders and policymakers resulting in the development of effective policy and acquisition and appropriate distribution of resources to ensure exemplary programming.
- Each child’s individual success is dependent on positive growth; cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically, therefore, high-quality OST programs should engage youth equally in these core areas with age-appropriate content to ensure optimal development.
- Parents and youth utilizing OST programming should have a voice in the development of these programs, thus creating a basis for learning leadership skills and providing an opportunity to provide important feedback regarding the success of these programs.
- It takes the entire Nevada community to align its financial and in-kind resources in support of the positive development of our children and youth, therefore, equal access to Network resources should be a priority for all children our State, regardless of where they reside or socioeconomic status.
- OST program staff are the heart and soul of high-quality programming and should be supported with access to regular and meaningful professional development and networking opportunities to expand their knowledge, expertise and partnerships with other program staff across the State.
The Network will engage in three goal areas over the next three years as part of our overall Strategic Plan. Each one of these goals has a series of components that will enable us to build the network, ensure the quality of OST programs across the state and improve access to a variety of learning opportunities for program providers, parents and community members.
Using the OST Quality Standards for Nevada developed and approved by the Network-Legislative partnership in 2014, several pilot opportunities will be offered to providers across the state to increase quality in their programs and draft policy for consideration at the 2021 Legislative Session.