News and Updates

Earn Your Youth Development Credential (YDC)

The state has set aside Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) funds for 1,000 Youth Development Credentials (YDC).​ Please consider earning your YDC in 2022! Scholarship recruitment and applications will begin in early 2022. Watch the Afterschool Portal and/or the Afterschool Pipeline e-newsletter for upcoming information. You may also contact the Missouri AfterSchool Network at with questions.

General Information for YDC Candidates

Beyond the Bell Toolkit Training for Afterschool

If you are looking to start a new afterschool program, or are in the early stages of running a program, we have a fantastic training and a long-term resource for you!! Plan to join the Missouri AfterSchool Network (MASN) virtually on Tuesday, February 8th, from 9:00AM-12:00PM to learn about the online Beyond The Bell Toolkit. The Toolkit is both a guide and a comprehensive set of practical tools designed to help program leaders and their staff create and sustain high-quality, effective afterschool and expanded learning programs.

This virtual training will help you understand what the Toolkit offers and how to use its contents to the benefit of your program. The Toolkit training is virtual and the cost to attend is $100. To register, please go to If you have questions, please contact Brad Lademann (

See below for latest information on COVID-19 and your afterschool program.

Missouri's Afterschool Programs Guidance Related to COVID-19 (per email 3/19/20)

Missouri's Afterschool Programs Updates Related to COVID-19 (per email 4/9/2020)

School Age Community Guidance for COVID-19 (per email 4/28/2020)

Missouri's 21st CCLC Guidance Related to COVID-19 and School Reopening (per email 7/28/2020)

Serving Children in Afterschool during COVID-19

Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open

The following entities have provided many resources (i.e. professional development, activity ideas, guidance, etc.) that may be of assistance to afterschool programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note these are just resources, not grant requirements, if you have any questions about a resource listed please contact our office. This is not all inclusive list, we will add any others that come to our attention.

Missouri AfterSchool Network Home Page

National Afterschool Association Home Page

Afterschool Alliance Home Page

Child Care Aware Home Page

You for Youth Home Page

External Organization Profile

The Afterschool Programs of the Department accepted self-nominations for eligible organizations to be included as part of a published list of organizations that 21st Century Community Learning Center grantees may reference for potential partnerships or professional development support. As required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended on December 10, 2015) for this purpose, external organization is defined as:

(A) a nonprofit organization with a record of success in running or working with before and afterschool (or summer recess) programs and activities; or

(B) in the case of a community where there is no such organization, a nonprofit organization in the community that enters into a written agreement or partnership with an organization described in (A) to receive mentoring, and guidance in running or working with before and afterschool (or summer recess) programs and activities.

To be considered, nonprofit entities completed and submitted an application to the Afterschool Programs for review and approval of required documentation and eligibility. This list of organizations is intended to serve as a resource for 21st CCLC programs. Please note: the list is not an exhaustive list nor does it serve as an endorsement or certification of quality from the Afterschool Programs. Programs are not required to select from this list.

Current List of Approved Self-Nominated External Organizations

How to Apply Please note: School districts should not apply; however, they may share this information with their partners and other external organizations who work with youth during afterschool hours.