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Senator Ryan Aument

Winter 2018

Learn more about the benefits of afterschool, out of school time and summer learning programs by joining the Afterschool Caucus. Learn how to build support for afterschool programs and increase resources for quality afterschool care. Please contact Jake Smeltz, Chief of Staff for Senator Aument, to join the Afterschool Caucus.

2018 Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador Program: Developing STEM Policy Leaders in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN), with training facilitation support from the National STEM Education Coalition and the Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC), has opened up applications for the 2018 Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador program. This is a 10-month advocacy-training program targeted to leaders in business, education and/or STEM-related fields to meet directly with Pennsylvania policymakers, stakeholders and elected officials to help shape STEM policy in the Commonwealth.  The program cultivates strategic partnerships with local, state and federal leaders to advance STEM policy goals that help build tomorrow’s workforce.

Pennsylvania’s STEM vision entails:

  • Identifying, aligning and strengthening student K-12 experiences to postsecondary opportunities with career pathways in STEM;
  • Strengthening, diversifying, and aligning educator professional learning in STEM;
  • Ensuring quality STEM experiences for all students, early childhood through postsecondary; and
  • Connecting STEM education to economic opportunities through collaborative partnerships with diverse stakeholders in the education and the business/industry communities.

Additional program details are available at Please consider forwarding the information to constituents/staff/businesses for consideration.  Sponsorship opportunities for organizations are available on the PSAYDN website.  Applications must be submitted by January 26, 2018. Click here to apply.

Afterschool Advocates Testify at Joint House Policy Committee Hearing

Joint House Policy Committee members during STEM Ecosystem hearing

Left to right: Matthew Stem, Pennsylvania Department of Education; Julie Stolzer, Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM; Laura Saccente, PA Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network

Afterschool advocates testified on Monday, November 20, 2017 at a joint bipartisan hearing that focused on STEM Education Opportunities and their contributions to building a strong and vibrant workforce in the commonwealth.

Republicans and Democrats in the state legislature learned about several distinguished informal STEM learning environments, such as afterschool and summer learning programs and their partnerships with STEM Learning Ecosystems that are gaining national recognition and educating youth across Pennsylvania.

Watch the PA.House video with highlights of the hearing. (YouTube)

Check out the House Majority Policy Committee page

Check out the PA House Democratic Policy Committee page

Read the full testimony

Pennsylvania Lights on Afterschool 2017 Celebration
Fast Facts

  • The Pennsylvania Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Afterschool Caucus leaders Ryan P. Aument and John T. Yudichak, in support of Lights on Afterschool Day.
  • The Pennsylvania House passed a resolution, sponsored by Afterschool Caucus leader Jake Wheatley, Jr., in support of Lights on Afterschool Day.
  • The state capitol building was bathed in yellow light on October 26, demonstrating support for Lights on Afterschool
  • Governor Wolf proclaimed October 26, 2017, Lights On Afterschool Day
  • 248 afterschool programs participated

View photos of Lights On Afterschool 2017 (Flickr)
View a video of Lights On Afterschool 2017 in the Pittsburgh Region (YouTube)

Collaborating to Promote Afterschool Learning Opportunities – PSAYDN Convenes Commonwealth Leaders

Left to right: Facilitator Kristen Rotz, President, United Way of Pennsylvania; Suzann Morris, Deputy Secretary of Office of Child Development and Early Learning; Matthew Stem, Deputy Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education; Abby Smith, Director of Education and Workforce Development, Team Pennsylvania Foundation; Carrie Amann, Deputy Secretary of Policy and Planning, Office of the Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

In attendance were commonwealth staff, advocates, educators, legislators and community leaders who discussed an array of afterschool, out-of-school time and summer learning opportunities. Afterschool Caucus staff were instrumental in leading discussions with attendees at the conference.

Jim Cawley, Vice-President of Institutional Advancement, Temple University; former Lieutenant Governor

Nearly 80 stakeholders from across the commonwealth heard from experts about policy development, coordination of quality initiatives and sustainability; and formal and informal educators and advocates worked directly with the invited panelists to examine and solve particular partnership challenges.

Left to right: Facilitator Kristen Rotz, President, United Way of Pennsylvania; Judd Pittman, Special Consultant to the Secretary of Education for STEM, Pennsylvania Department of Education; Blake Lynch, NextGen PA; Sean Crampsie, Government Affairs Manager, Pennsylvania School Board Association; Joel Miller, Deputy Director, Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board; Jeff Ney, Treasurer, Pennsylvania State Education Association; Mark DiRocco, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators.

New Cohort of 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Announced

The ninth cohort of 21st CCLC programs will be underway this academic school year.  Forty-seven programs will open their doors for children during the afterschool hours and during the summer.

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant is a competitive grant that provides federal funding to establish community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for students and their families. These opportunities must occur during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session to help students attending high-poverty and low-performing schools to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects. Centers must also offer students a broad array of activities that can complement their regular academic programs, to offer literacy and other educational services to their families.

 Click to see if there is a ninth cohort 21st CCLC in your district

Save the Date!

May 2, 2018 is Afterschool Advocacy Day

Senator Aument
Senate Box 203036
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3036
(717) 787-4420
FAX (717) 783-3156
TTY (800) 364-1581

301 East Main Street
Lititz, PA 17543
(717) 627-0036
FAX (717) 627-1389

Senator Yudichak
Senate Box 203014
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3014
(717) 787-7105
FAX (717) 783-4141

164 South Market Street
Nanticoke, PA 18634
Phone: (570) 740-2434
Fax: (570) 740-2438

1201 North Street
Suite 3
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
Phone: (570) 325-3274
Fax: (570) 325-3780

801 Wyoming Avenue
Suite 180
West Pittston, PA 18643
Phone: (570) 883-4690
Fax: (570) 883-4694

Hon. Bernie O'Neill
47 East Wing
PO Box 202029
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2029
(717) 705-7170 
Fax: (717) 783-3278

755 York Road
Suite 105
Warminster, PA 18974 
(215) 441-2624
Fax: (215) 441-2627

Hon. Jake Wheatley, Jr.
36 East Wing
PO Box 202019
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2019
(717) 783-3783 
Fax: (717) 780-4753

2015-2017 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 471-7760
Fax: (412) 471-8056

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