Improving and enhancing STEM education is a national priority. Policy makers on both sides of the aisle recognize that science and technology will drive future economic growth, making a strong STEM education essential for success in the 21st century job market.
There is also a growing realization that out-of-school-time settings such as before-school, afterschool and summer learning programs provide an ideal environment in which to engage children and youth and spark their interest in STEM. As we all work together to prepare the next generation of STEM professionals, check back here for the latest developments on legislation, initiatives and reports regarding STEM education.
June 2014 - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced a bill aimed at providing the supports afterschool practitioners need to offer high-quality STEM education programs. Titled the Supporting Afterschool STEM Act, S.2543 will create a grant program that state and regional afterschool and STEM networks can tap into to help afterschool providers in their area give students engaging and high-quality STEM learning experiences.
February 2013 - Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has released a statement in support of afterschool STEM programs! It was entered into the Congressional Record on February 28, 2013.
Florida Afterschool Network conducts Florida's first Afterschool Stakeholder SummitSee the Stakeholder Summit press release and the Expanded Learning press release. Joe Davis, Chief Operating Officer of FAN and an Official Spokesperson for the Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project, Discusses the Importance of High-Quality Afterschool ProgramsAcross the country, high quality afterschool programs are helping accelerate student achievement. And, because the programs are community-driven and tap into local expertise... Read the article.
FAN Board member Claudia Davant named Florida Afterschool Champion of the year by the National Afterschool AllianceDownload a copy of the Press Release
FACT Sheet on Proposed Committee BillsDownload a copy of the FACT Sheet on Proposed Committee Bills
Download a copy of the FACT Sheet on Afterschool Funding in Florida
Governor Rick Scott Proclaims June 21st as Summer Learning Day in FloridaDownload a copy of the Proclamation.
FAN Panel of Champions
About the State System-Building Work to Support STEM in Afterschool.
After the School Bell Rings: The Florida Story