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2022 Fall Professional Development

Good day to all!  Our 2022 Fall Professional Development offerings are now listed and open for registration!  Many thanks to providers for your honest feedback and input with ways for us to enhance our distance learning sessions. As requested, we have pushed back our schedule because you have asked us to allow you more transitional […]

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IAN Spring Virtual Conference – Mar 29-31, 2023

Save the dates!  March 29 – 31, 2023 for the exciting jam-packed IAN Spring Virtual Conference!  Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic and the success of the 2022 virtual conference, after careful thought and consideration, the IAN board has decided to hold the 2023 IAN Spring Conference virtually.  As optimistic as we are for the […]


Congratulations to our 2022 Spring Conference Award Winners!

Congratulations to our 2022 Illinois After School Network Spring Conference Award Winners. They are all very deserving, and it has been our honor to recognize them all for their great work this year. Rich Scofield Award Winner: Dr. Lolita Cleveland, Youth Guidance IAN Jill Bradley Best Practice Award Winner:By the Hand Club for Kids – Moving Everest, […]

Top 5 Tips for Developing Positive Relationships with Parents

Top 5 Tips for Developing Positive Relationships with Parents

It’s easy to look at our AfterSchool programs as being for youth, but our relationships with families are just as important as our relationships with youth. While every provider-parent relationship is unique, there are some general rules that – when followed, drive stronger & healthier relationships with families. Check out the top 5 tips from […]

Good Communication makes a Good Team

Good Communication Helps To Make a Good Team

Having a dependable team is important to success. As a team leader, you have to be able to rely on your team members to know their role, and to communicate any potential challenges. But good communication practices come from the top, and your team is likely looking to you for cues.  Being able to communicate […]

Friends of IAN Day

Support IAN in the New Year – Friends of IAN Day

Illinois Afterschool Network develops the afterschool leaders of today through quality professional development opportunities. By making a tax-deductible donation or signing up as a monthly contributor to IAN, you are helping support professional development programming for the afterschool community, thus creating a positive impact for students, families, and communities throughout all of Illinois.

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Afterschool Educators in Illinois to Receive Free Professional Development for Next Four Years

The Illinois Afterschool Network has been chosen to participate in the National Science Foundation Scale-up Grant. During this three year, multi-million-dollar scale-up grant, the Illinois Afterschool Network will offer free coaching to afterschool educators who wish to hone their STEM facilitation skills, and will have extensive support to train afterschool leaders as coaches.

IAN Trainer Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters Roundtable Discussion

IAN TrainerMiesha RansomNorth Region Brand Ambassador, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago Session:BBBS Roundtable DiscussionNovember 12, 202110:00 AM – 11:00 AMRegistration Link Miesha Ransom is the North Region Brand Ambassador with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago (BBBSChi).   Born and raised in Michigan, Miesha was a first-generation college student/graduate, and holds a […]

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IAN and Safe2Help Illinois Announce Strategic Partnership

More about Safe2 Help Illinois: In the absence of a trusted adult, Safe2Help Illinois offers students a safe, confidential way to share information that might help prevent suicides, bullying, school violence or other threats to student safety. This program is not intended to suspend, expel, or punish students. Rather, the goal is to encourage students to Seek Help Before Harm.