News and Updates

Afterschool Grant Writing Workshops – February 17, 2023

Are you looking to start an afterschool program that supports social, emotional, cognitive, and academic development, reduces risky behaviors, promotes physical health, and provides a safe and supportive environment for children and youth? Are you needing more information on funding resources to bring your program to life in your community? Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), receives the following two funding sources for Afterschool programs, which are then made available to the local level through a competitive grant process: School Age Community (SAC) and/or Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC).

A DESE grant-writing workshop will be held on February 17, 2023 providing vital information in applying for either of these grants. For more workshop information and to register for the event, please go to: Workshop and Registration. Workshop attendance is not required to apply for grants in the future.

For more information about Afterschool programs please visit: Afterschool Programs or contact

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

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

External Organization Profile

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.

21st Century Community Learning Center Evaluations

As required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) the state agency education must conduct a comprehensive evaluation process of the Title IV, Part B Nita M Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) program. The evaluation results must be disseminated to the public. The state evaluations are available on the DESE Portal for Afterschool Programs