NIOST’s (Nation Institute on Out-of-School Time) Links to Learning training responds to the call for improving academics in afterschool, while addressing the full range of youth and children’s developmental needs.
Links to Learning can help you transform your afterschool or extended learning program to be youth centered and engaging.
Each training participant receives the publication Links to Learning: A Curriculum Planning Guide, a handy reference piece for practitioners.
Topics from the training correspond to the first 5 chapters of the book:
*Theoretical Framework
*Curriculum Planning Basics
*Linking to NJ’s Learning Standards
* Thematic Curriculum.

In addition, Communication and Coordination with Schools and Family Engagement are covered.

Links to Learning is research-based and helps program staff implement activities and scheduling that appeal to the youth they serve and improve quality and outcomes.

Links to Learning

Date:  August 3 & 4, 2010Time:  9am-3pm each day
Place:  NJSACC, 170 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ  07090
Cost:  $125 per person includes breakfast, lunch and materials both days


This project is funded in part with federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by No Child Left Behind, Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant funds through a cooperative grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.

Meet the Trainers

Ana De Hoyos-O’Connor

For the past 20 years, Ana has worked in her community, state and around the nation providing training to staff, administrators and parents on topics related to out-of-school time. In her community, she serves on the City of San Antonio Commission for Children and Families to provide information on quality programming for children. Her experience includes positions such as a classroom teacher, lab instructor, college instructor, home visitor and teacher mentor.

As a Training Associate for the National Institute on Out-of-School Time at Wellesley College, Ana travels extensively to lead workshops for school administrators and teachers.  Ana is a Full Time Instructor at San Antonio College. There she teaches courses related to young children, families and the school-age child. In 2004 she received the Higher Education Award from the San Antonio Association for the Education of Young Children for her work with students and the community. A graduate of San Antonio College, Ana models life-long learning to students after having earned her BA and her Master’s of Education degree.

Ana continues to work within her community to provide training and support, and she testifies to school boards, community boards and parents on the need for funding and quality school age programs. Ana is currently a board member to Northeast YMCA of San Antonio. She serves on community school age projects on quality issues and community awareness.

Molly McNally Dunn

Molly McNally Dunn has been an advocate for the school-age child for thirty years. This passion began professionally as an elementary teacher in Massachusetts and in New York. She then journeyed to early childhood care and education as a nutrition consultant to family child care providers and a teacher for pre-licensing of family child care homes in Colorado. She has worked in both the private and public sectors and currently administers sixteen school-based school-age care programs for Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado.

Molly is a consultant and trainer for the Colorado Department of Education for school-age care. In this capacity she has provided technical assistance to programs throughout the state. She has presented workshops on school-age care throughout the country.

Molly serves on the Board of Colorado Alliance for Quality School Age Programs (CAQSAP) and has served on CAEYC and NSACA. She has created and facilitated a multi-agency study group of school-age site directors, and a grant linking the school day with out-of-school time in fostering literacy with school-age programs.

Molly’s most recent venture is with the Colorado Department of Education. She works closely with principals and teachers strategizing with the SACC professionals to support children’s learning in schools.


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