This new brief from the Afterschool Alliance explores afterschool and: the Common Core State Standards, students with disabilities and other special needs, data utilization to improve programming, and keeping children safe and supported. The briefs examine just a few of the ways afterschool programs support middle school youth, families and communities.

There are always a lot of things going on for children in Muskogee, Oklahoma. From the Muskogee Roughers football team reading to second graders at Tony Goetz Elementary, to the Muskogee Public Library, “Geek the Week at Library”. But the Benjamin Franklin Science Academy made STEM into a family affair.

Mad Science is an enriching and stimulating Informal Science, STEM afterschool and summer program for students in kindergarten through 6th grade.  Mad Science of Central Oklahoma has partnered with the Oklahoma Afterschool Network (OKAN) to promote expanded learning in STEM and to promote Lights ON for Afterschool learning throughout Oklahoma.