DEAN has built strong statewide relationships and partnerships with legislatures, elected officials, school districts, state agencies, community-based organizations and out of school programs and champions. DEAN endorses the goal that all children and youth be academically, socially, culturally and physically healthy. DEAN advocates for policies that support high quality afterschool, out of school and summer learning programs, especially 21st Century Community Learning Centers and professional development opportunities for afterschool professionals.
United Way of Delaware hired Jamie Forrest, MPA as the Policy and Programs Manager. In her role, Jamie is analyzing the state of afterschool in Delaware, working on advocacy and stakeholder engagement and helping to plan events such as the upcoming Building Bridges Virtual Conference.
Over the past three years, the Steering Committee provided expertise and support to execute DEAN’s strategic plan, championed policies that support school-community partnerships, served on statewide boards and committees that review and revise quality standards impacting extended learning opportunities and planed and executed statewide events such as the We Love Afterschool Campaign, Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, Building Bridges Conference, Afterschool for All Challenge, DE Nonprofit Advocacy Day, Summer Learning Week and Lights On Afterschool.
United Way of Delaware hired Regina Sidney-Brown, MSODL as the Network Lead. In her role as Director, Regina re-engaged afterschool, out of school, summer learning stakeholders, community based organizations, educators and state partners to refine the Network vision and mission. The Steering Committee convened meetings to develop the communications and marketing plan designed to build awareness about DEAN and the afterschool community. Building upon a structure for the governing board to oversee the strategic vision, the Leadership Council was established to play a critical role to provide strategic direction and fiscal guidance.
United Way of Delaware was funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to be the fiscal sponsor for the new Statewide Afterschool Network.
The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Delaware Department of Education and United Way of Delaware hosted an afterschool summit with policy makers, practitioners and supporters interested in providing input to the newly formed Delaware Afterschool Network (DEAN). Over 90 attendees participated in three breakout sessions focused on Quality, Partnerships and Sustainability.