Out-of-school time providers serving youth between Pre-K to 12th grade are invited to enroll in Out 2 Learn’s Spring 2019 (January 2019 – May 2019) Quality Improvement Process, which provides programs with support in conducting a program quality self-assessment, creating an improvement plan, and receiving case-by-case coaching.

There are many benefits of enrolling, including that…

  • Participants receive an assessment tool and training to prepare their staff for the following: conducting a self-assessment, reporting site findings, and interpreting site data to create meaningful change at their site.
  • Participants receive access to a series of Youth Work Methods workshops to assist with quality improvement
  • All of these services are provided by the Out 2 Learn network free of charge. A dedication to quality improvement and participation is all we ask for in return.

Eligibility requirements:

You must have at least one program offering for youth between Pre-K – 12th grade on a consistent basis between August – May.

Enroll today by completing our online form. For any questions or comments, contact Ashley Tate at atate@unitedwayhouston.org.

We are offering a free ART OF GRANTWRITING workshop to all out-of-school time providers in the Out 2 Learn network! This opportunity is made possible through Out 2 Learn and United Way’s Nonprofit Connection. We hope you will take advantage and register today! Please register using the SurveyMonkey link by Tuesday, December 11th in order to RSVP.

THE ART OF GRANTWRITING

When: Friday, December 14th, 2018

Time: 9:00-11:00 am

Location: 50 Waugh Dr. Houston, TX 77007

Room: Mabee (located on the first floor near the visitors sign-in desk)

Registration: Limited spaces available. Max of 2 representatives per agency. Register by Tuesday, December 11th!

What do funders look for when considering a grant proposal?  Here are some of the key elements:

  • Clear descriptions of program activities
  • Direct answer the questions posed
  • Specific details regarding collaborative efforts
  • Budgets that make sense

How did your last grant proposal measure up?  If there is room for improvement, you won’t want to miss this informative session on the art (and science) of grantwriting.  You will learn how to:

  • Analyze grant proposal guidelines
  • Tailor your request to the specific grant requirements
  • Tell your story in a compelling manner
  • Define specific goals and outcomes
  • Detail elements of collaborative efforts
  • Prepare a realistic budget where the numbers add up

If your grantwriting is not up to par, register today for this session that will up your game!

Children’s Museum of Houston offers a wide array of events for youth to enjoy throughout the holiday season.

Yoga First Sunday

Sunday, Dec 2 | 2:30 p.m.

Get ready to settle down on the mat and explore your inner light! Zen out and “chillax” during a brand new series at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Join us every first Sunday of the month for a 30-minute children’s Yoga session as we play with balance and practice stretches, poses and breathing exercises.

Sensory Friendly Day

Monday, Dec 10 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Children’s Museum of Houston invites you to an exclusive event for children with autism. Sensory Friendly Day is an opportunity for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to explore the Museum. Doors will be closed to the public.  There will be no music and sound-reducing headphones will be available. Outside food and drinks will be allowed (Fresh Café will be closed).

Pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Lydia Dungus, Reservations Coordinator at 713-535-7238 or by email at ldungus@cmhouston.org.

Frozen Over

Dec 22 – 29

Have your ever seen real snow? Come play in some during our Frozen Over event!

Meet Santa

Monday, Dec 24 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The man in red invites you to fuel up with milk and cookies at the Children’s Museum of Houston before his big departure!  Join the holiday countdown with a cookie jar full of fun and Santa Claus before he embarks on his annual journey around the world!  Make sure you’re on the right list and that he checks it twice before it’s too late!  P.S. Don’t forget your own wish list!

New Year’s Noon

Monday Dec 31 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kids finally don’t have to stay up till midnight to celebrate the New Year! The Children’s Museum of Houston’s Rockin’ New Year’s Noon is the city’s longest-running New Year’s Eve celebration just for kids!  This end-of-year bash rings in the New Year at the stroke of noon with a parade and shimmering ball drop, just like in Times Square!

Paper Jam Wonderwek

Nov 29 – Dec 5

Propel your creativity using the power of paper! Learn how you can use paper to make something incredible.

Holiday Who-Bilation Wonderweek

Dec 6 – Dec 12

To step into the pages of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale! Activity areas buzz with laughter and creative energy as you take part in Grinch-related holiday programming. 

Season of Sharing Wonderweek

Dec 13 – Dec 19

Holidays celebrated throughout the world will vibrantly burst under one roof! Ramadan, Diwali, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas in Norway, Kwanzaa, and the Lunar New Year will be represented in Houston’s only multicultural holiday exhibit for children.

Winter Wonderland Wonderweek

Dec 20 – Dec 26

Join us as we welcome our Winter Wonderland WonderWeek and partake in painting a snowy landscape, make static electrics now and create your own holiday wreath!

Rockin’ New Year Wonderweek

Dec 27 – Jan 9

Cheers to a new year! The Children’s Museum of Houston is kicking off 2019 with a bang! Stop by and enjoy all of our activities during our Rockin’ New Year Wonder Week!

Free Family Night every Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m.

Free Family Nights are made possible courtesy of Laura and John Arnold, Houston Endowment, Inc., The Junior League of Houston, Inc., the John P. McGovern Foundation, Houston Pi Beta Phi Foundation, and The Wortham Foundation, Inc.

Para Los Niños (Sponsored by The Powell Foundation)

Para Los Niños is a free family literacy program dedicated to increasing the capacity of libraries and their community-based partners to serve families whose first language is Spanish.  Para Los Niños workshops take place at public libraries, community centers, clinics, Head Start and Even Start Centers.  Museum and/or library staff provides parents with a model of how and what to read to their child, hands-on activities that are easily replicated at home, and discuss free resources available to them.  Participants also receive free passes to visit the Children’s Museum of Houston! Help us get the word out; everyone is invited!

Dec 4th Henington-Alief 11:00 a.m.
Dec 4th Walter 4:00 p.m.
Dec 5th Looscan 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m
Dec 12th Bracewell 10:30 a.m.      
Dec 17th Carnegie 11:00 a.m.
Dec 18th Frank 12:15 p.m.
Dec 19th Collier 12:30 p.m.
Dec 26th Moody 11:00 a.m.
Dec 26th HPL Southwest Express 4:00 p.m.
Dec 28th Stimley Blueridge 11:30 a.m.

For more information about the Para Los Niños program, please visit http://www.cmhouston.org/losninos/

Are you interested in hosting an online reading program for youth at your agency? United Way of Greater Houston is seeking two (2) partner agencies/sites to pilot the Vello program during the spring (January – May 2019). The deadline for the application is Wednesday, December 12 at 12:00 pm. Please contact Tiffany Echevarria if you are interested in applying.

What is Vello? 

Vello is an online volunteer reading program developed by Valley of the Sun UnitedWay.  Volunteers are able to log onto a digital platform and provide two 30-minute tutoring sessions to students remotely per week. The evaluation results, as measured by Vello, show that not only do students gain academic benefits from participating, but volunteers have a positive experience, as well!

Program Model

Each site will select 7-10 students in early elementary school grades (1st -3rd grades) to participate regularly in the program. When it is time for the student’s session, the student will get on the computer. At the same time, a volunteer will log onto the same portal to virtually meet the student for their tutoring session. For 30 minutes, the volunteer and child will read together. This will happen twice per week with the same child. The online portal is easy to use, is monitored by professionals to ensure student safety, and includes robust technical assistance. 

Out 2 Learn website was awarded best in the education category at the 2018 Web Marketing Association’s WebAward

Lights On Afterschool is an annual nation-wide event that celebrates afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children and families, and we’d love for you to join us in celebrating this occasion with the Houston community!

If you are an afterschool program provider and are interested in hosting your own Lights On Afterschool celebration, register online to receive a free event starter kit!