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Summer Learning In the Time of COVID-19
It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed when and how students learn. It has also shined a light on the importance of out of school time and, particularly, summer learning. The COVID-19 pandemic has widened the existing opportunity gap between children from low-income families and those with greater wealth. This pandemic has also widened the opportunity gap for children in rural communities versus those in more populated cities.  
That is precisely why summer learning is more important than ever. As long-time advocates for the out-of-school time field, we know the last ring of the school bell does not mean learning stops. It merely signals a change in “location” -- a different building, field, gym, or studio or online where apps, tools and content are abundant. This summer, our learning programs are stepping up like never before. Across Arkansas, providers are adapting and innovating to ensure children and their families can access quality summer learning opportunities and critical supports and services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read how Arkansas’s summer learning programs are closing the opportunity gap during COVID-19 at

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A collection of fun and engaging activities designed specifically for this unique, socially distanced summer.

Planning for a socially distanced summer program just got a whole lot easier! We listed to challenges about how to maintain engagement throughout this atypical summer.  We are happy to present a collection of fun and engaging activities designed specifically to accommodate COVID-19 summer in partnership with the Afterschool Alliance and the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network. 

MIZZEN BY MOTT (Click Here to go to the website
Afterschool programs around the state are hard at work, doing all they can to support youth and families during this difficult time.  State networks like AOSN have been looking for vetted, high quality learning content that afterschool programs can use to support young people — wherever they are. 

The Mizzen by Mott app can help programs deliver high quality content. Developed with and for afterschool professionals, Mizzen offers engaging content from organizations like Jazz at Lincoln Center, California Academy of Sciences, After-School All-Stars, VentureLab and others. The app also includes Pro Tips, scheduling and communications tools to support programs.

Find the app in the Google Play Store on Android or the App Store on your iPhone. Download to your phone and create a profile to get started!

Download the App Today!

Check out these 4 COVID-19 Resources

1. What you need to know about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to protect yourself

2. Lost Your Job Due To Coronavirus? Here's What You Need To Know…/lost-job-coronavirus-what-to-kno…

3. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources…/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-g…

4. Arkansas Community Foundation


As part of Governor Hutchinson’s recent State of Arkansas Executive Department Proclamation EO – 20 – 13 (3) f, all Arkansas businesses, including schools and childcare facilities, are required to:
Post a sign at the entrance of the facility informing all employees, customers, and congregants that they should: 
·      Avoid entering the facility if they have a cough or fever
·      Maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another 
·      Sneeze and cough into one's elbow
·      Not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact
We encourage you to print as many copies of this as you need and put them up at each of your facility entrances.


Afterschool programs are still making a difference and are going virtual during this difficult time.  AOSN has provided a short video to help providers keep those important connections with youth and families going.  Check out this short video that highlights how many programs are going virtual and staying connected.

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