About The Iowa Afterschool Alliance

Our Vision, Mission, and Strategies

Our Vision: All Iowa children, youth, and families will have access to quality out-of-school-time opportunities in their community.

Our Mission: Develop strong statewide systems of support for high-quality, affordable, and accessible before school, after school, and summer programs.

How we seek to improve access to high-quality out-of-school time programming:

  • Policy and PartnershipsDevelop policies and partnerships that build capacity at the state and local levels for high-quality afterschool programming.
  • Practice SupportConnect local providers with the resources and tools necessary to provide high-quality afterschool programming.
  • Outreach and EngagementCommunicate critical data on the need and impact of afterschool programming to the public, partners, and other vital stakeholders.

What is Afterschool?

High-quality afterschool programs serve families, children, and youth grades Pre-K-12 to keep kids safe, help working families, and cultivate student success through intentional enrichment and academic learning opportunities before school, after school, and during school breaks including summer, in schools and community- and faith-based settings. Also called: Out-of-school time, Expanded learning opportunities, Child Care, Extended Learning.

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Iowa Afterschool Alliance Board

Jeff Capps, The Iowa Children's Museum
Steve Conlan, Johnston Schools Child Care and the Iowa School Age Care Alliance
Chad Driscoll, Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service
Major Darren Grimshaw, City of Burlington Police Department
Nicole Hanson, Iowa State University Extension/4H Youth Development
Joe Herrity, Preferred Visions
Vic Jaras, Iowa Department of Education
Matt Ohman, Siouxland Human Investment Partnership, Sioux City
Ryan Page, Iowa Department of Human Services
Jacalyn Swink, Burlington Community Schools
Mary Lou Warner, Iowa Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs (Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa)
Dave Welter, retired principal, Cedar Falls

History & Background

The Iowa Afterschool Alliance was formally created in 2003 with primary support from a three-year grant by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Since this time, the IAA has worked to promote an afterschool policy framework that includes significant state leadership in policy and additional state funding for afterschool. The Iowa Afterschool Alliance is led by a Board comprised of representatives of key stakeholder organizations that provides overall coordination of Alliance activities. The IAA develops an annual policy agenda and assembles grassroots coalitions to support it, identifies barriers for afterschool programs in policy and funding and works with appropriate partners to resolve them. The IAA also determines research priorities and assists staff in analysis of existing data, develops research instruments and methodology, disseminates data about afterschool, and provides basic resources for programs to track outcome data. The IAA advocates for increasing coordinated quality efforts across systems; identifies best practices, core competencies, and program models, as appropriate; and creates opportunities for professional development.


The Iowa Afterschool Alliance operates under a fiscal agent, the Chrysalis Foundation, and contracts for staff support with State Public Policy Group, Inc. of West Des Moines, Iowa.

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