Afterschool kids storm the Iowa State Capitol!

Over 100 afterschool program leaders and participants descended on the Iowa State Capitol on Tuesday, February 10 for the IAA's Afterschool Snack Legislative Reception

Students and school leaders from Holmes Jr. High in Cedar Falls get a picture with Senator Jeff Danielson and Representative Bob Kressig, both of Cedar Falls. 

Participants and program leaders with Altoona Campus Kids Klub meet with Representative Zach Nunn of Polk County. 

Large sheets of paper were spread out across the first floor rotunda asking questions for the afterschool participants to answer. Here, two young ladies write what they want to do to make a difference in the world. A student meets Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids.


Do you want to make your community a better place for kids?

Do you want to strengthen the Iowa afterschool community?

Do you want to be a leader in afterschool in Iowa?

The Iowa Afterschool Alliance is hosting a number of meetings across the state to share a new data tool to identify afterschool opportunities exclusively with program providers like you. We would like you to join us to be a leader in this project! We’ll be visiting several communities over the next year. Be sure to join us at one of them!

The roundtables are targeted to afterschool program providers – schools, churches, CBOs, STEM, recreation, et. al. This is your chance to be a founding leader in this exciting data initiative!  

The regional forums are open to anyone interested in finding out more about the project, data collected up to that date, and helping to formulate next steps for the data collection!

Eastern Iowa Roundtables and Forum - Completed!
Western Iowa Outreach - Completed!


Tuesday, March 10
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Triton Café
One Triton Circle
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Host: Iowa Central Community College

Thursday, March 12
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Mason City Family YMCA Board Room
1840 S. Monroe St., Mason City, IA 50401



Thursday, March 19
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Indian Hills Community College

RHEC Conference Room

525 Grandview Ave

Ottumwa, IA 52501

Central Iowa Regional Forum
Special Session(s) at the 2015 Iowa Impact After School Conference

April 23 & 24, 2015
Times TBD
Ramada Tropics Resort & Conference Center
5000 Merle Hay Rd.
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

  Register now for the 2015
Impact After School Conference:

April 23-24, 2015
Ramada Tropics Resort & Conference Center
5000 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50322
Guest rooms will be available at the Ramada for $55 per night (April 22 and 23, 2015). To secure this special rate, call the hotel at 515-278-0271 and mention the Impact After School Conference to make your reservation by April 1, 2015.


You are Invited! Click here to register now!

Join afterschool professionals in Iowa from all areas and levels of expertise - coordinators, administrators, front-line staff, educators, volunteers and others - for our 3rd Annual Conference on April 23 and 24, 2015 for a day and a half of professional development and networking.

There is no other conference like it in Iowa, and it is our once-a-year opportunity to get together, exchange ideas and meet peers from all over the state!

Various professional development topics will be featured and there will be something of interest for all.

A sample of topics includes the following: Making literacy an integral part of your program, exploring STEM, investing in family engagement, implementing project-based learning, integrating cultural-competency, access and equity in the afterschool environment, cultivating curiosity, summer reading intervention, principals' perspective, breaking the barriers of poverty, quality, engagement, belonging, mentoring, communicating with children and youth, telling your program's story, as well as 21-CCLC specific sessions and best practices, and much more! As usual, special activity opportunities will be offered.

Exclusive: This year, we are featuring an interactive, day-long, STEM pre-conference focused on how to facilitate STEM, proven best-practice ideas and curricula suggestions. This exclusive pre-conference session will be of limited space, so look for more details to come soon and register as soon as possible to secure your spot.

There will also be a post-conference session with a national author and parent educator, also with limited capacity. More information will be released soon. We are excited for what this conference will have to offer!

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Indira Karic at

A 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program funded conference.

Congratuations to the 2014 Afterschool Champions!


The 2014 IAS Conference was the second annual statewide conference in Iowa planned by the Iowa Afterschool Alliance, with support from the Iowa Department of Education, Noyce Foundation and the Iowa and Minnesota 21st Century Community Learning Centers Programs. The conference took place on April 24 and 25, 2014 at the Stoney Creek Inn, in Johnston, Iowa. More than 200 out-of-school time professionals attended the conference! 

Click here to view a PDF of the agenda from the 2014 Conference.

For more information on presentations from the conference, including handouts and PowerPoints, please visit our wikispace page by clicking here.

Want to see more photos? Click here to view a slideshow of photos from the 2014 Impact After School Conference!

Click here to see the gallery of photos from the 2013 event!

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