Our Work

By advocating for policies that strengthen afterschool programming and helping local programs build their capacity to provide high-quality activities and experiences to youth, the Iowa Afterschool Alliance supports afterschool programs at both a systemic and individual level.

Our Work

To fulfill our mission, the IAA works with supporters and program providers to advocate for afterschool-friendly policies, develop strong partnerships locally and statewide, and improve programming at the point-of-service. 


Some major activities of the IAA include:

  • Development of a Resource Network statewide to assist programs to improve access and quality through training, technical assistance, and mentoring.

  • Support of the Iowa 21stCentury Community Learning Centers Grantee Network.

  • Coordination of technical assistance provided by three OST enrichment coaches in Central Iowa. 

  • Administration of the Summer Ladders AmeriCorps Program that places members in summer programs across the state to improve quality of activities and mitigate summer learning loss among our most disadvantaged youth.

  • Provision of professional development statewide on topics such as social-emotional learning, STEM, literacy, and advocacy.