Family Engagement Webinar

Family Engagement Resource Provider (FERP) Project Presents:


Midwest FERP 21st CCLC Grantee Monthly Community of Practice Webinar: Ongoing Assessment of Family Engagement


Join your Midwest Family Engagement Resource Provider Jackie Garvey for the monthly Community of Practice (CoP) webinar for 21st CCLC grantees! Please note that the participants of this webinar typically represent 2 time zones, Eastern and Central. The webinar will begin at 11:00 a.m. EASTERN; please plan to join according to your time zone. Logging on at least 10 minutes early is recommended. Registration is required. For the most comprehensive usability, please plan to join the webinar via computer (this enables video and audio and will allow you to speak to the group during the webinar). Zoom does not allow call-in participants to speak during the webinar.


May 19, 2016 11:00 AM (GMT-4:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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2015-2016 Federal Reporting Guidelines

21st APR Federal Reporting System is now open for the 2015-2016 data entry. Please adhere to the following guidelines to enter data for required federal reporting. Programs must report on Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016.


Term Data Entry Dates Reporting Guidelines
Summer 2015 May 12 – June 8 Summer 2015 reporting will run from June 15, 2015 to August 15, 2015.
Fall 2015 June 16- July 22 Fall 2015 reporting will run first and second nine weeks or the first semester of the school year.
Spring 2016 August 1- November 21 Spring 2016 reporting will run third and fourth nine weeks or the second semester of the school year.


*If summer programming began prior to June 15, 2015 or continued after August 15, 2015 please include in the summer 2015 data. The federal reporting system is for data only.

* FISCAL NOTE:  All goods must be received and all services must be provided or delivered in time to substantially benefit the population being served in the current grant period (June 30th) in order to be allowable expenditures.


USDA and USDOE Webinar Opportunity

We are pleased to invite you to the iForum: Power Up with Summer Meals in Schools!! – co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday, May 11th, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM ET.

This online webinar will discuss proven strategies for community stakeholders to develop and expand USDA Summer Meals Programs in partnership with local schools.  Please sign up HERE, and forward the invitation to peers who might benefit from this information.

USDA Summer Meals Programs help close the nutrition gap children face over the summer months—a time when children no longer receive school meals they relied on throughout the school year. USDA reports that 22 million children and teens receive free and reduced-priced meals through the National School Lunch Program, yet only about 1 in 5 of those (around 3.8 million) participate in summer meal programs.

Participants of this iForum will gain clarity about how USDA Summer Meals Programs operate, and learn from school districts that have overcome obstacles to administer the programs effectively. We will be joined by the Port Huron Area School District in Michigan, and Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, who will share their inspiring success stories.

During this exciting session, we will:

  • Introduce USDA Summer Meals Programs and provide an overview on how the program operates;
  • Hear how the school districts have overcome challenges in their journey to operating successful summer meals programs;
  • Answer your questions

Again, please RSVP HERE, and forward the invitation to others who might benefit from this information. We will send an iForum log-in and call-in number prior to Wednesday, May 11th. We hope you will join us for this extraordinary convening. Thank you for all you do on behalf of children, youth, and families.




Upcoming “Growing Together” Network Events . . .

The Network is sponsoring two upcoming professional development opportunities for educators, students, and community agency representatives. Read below and make plans to join us. Not currently a Network member? No worries. Join us as our guest!

Join Network teachers, students, and community agency representatives on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, for the “Power of Service-Learning” Leadership Summit and Year-End Celebration at Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Parents, administrators, school board members, sponsors/foundation representatives, public officials, and other interested community member are welcome to observe. Click for event details and registration information!

Partnerships Make A Difference has once again received a grant from The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, as well as support from the Upper Arlington Schools, to increase the number of service-learning/project based learning practitioners in schools that belong to our “Growing Together” SL Network and other schools throughout central Ohio. As a result, we are offering the 2016 “Growing Together” Service-Learning Leadership Seminar: Level 1 graduate course. Click for course details and registration information!

Summer Programming Webinar

Midwest 21st CCLC Community of Practice Webinar:  Let’s Engage Families in Summer Programming

Join Jackie Garvey, your Midwest Family Engagement Resource Provider (FERP) with Manhattan Strategy Group, and share your best practices and strategies for engaging families in summer programming.

When:    Thursday, April 21, 2016

Time:   Please note that the attendees to this webinar represent 2 time zones (EST & Central). This webinar is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. Central and 11:00 a.m. EST; please be sure to log on 5-10 minutes before the start time that is appropriate to your time zone.  Most effective way to join the webinar is through a computer and use the audio from your phone or computer in order to speak to other participants and to see the slides.

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