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Facebook competition highlights importance of parent engagement

Earlier this spring, a handful of Omaha middle schoolers earned the opportunity to travel to California to attend Facebook’s Engineer for the Week Achievement Summit at the company’s headquarters. The team of three students came from the Boys & Girls

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Posted in Cradle to career, Middle Childhood, News and Events

Nebraska’s ELO Design Challenge: Opening New Doors to Learning

Opportunity knocked. Beyond School Bells and a strong coalition of districts and partners from around the state responded. Beyond School Bells (BSB), a public-private partnership at Nebraska Children, is proud to be a lead partner in Nebraska’s Expanded Learning Opportunity

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Posted in Middle Childhood, News and Events

Beyond School Bells unveils mobile maker lab in Nebraska

Beyond School Bells, a collaboration of Nebraska Children, recently unveiled TMC Labs. TMC (Think, Make, Create) labs is a 6’x12′ trailer that houses hands-on, interactive learning resources in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the arts. We delivered the TMC Labs

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Posted in Middle Childhood

ELO Success in Omaha

Collective For Youth, an organization based in Omaha, is doing an outstanding job working with the Omaha Public School district to bring high-quality Expanded Learning Opportunities (afterschool and summer programming) to 29 schools. Students receive healthy meals, strategic individualized tutoring,

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Posted in Middle Childhood

ELO success in Columbus

The Communities Together Can program in Columbus was developed to serve the high number of working families in the central Nebraska community. At first, the primary need it served was child care – a safe, structured and supervised place for

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Posted in Middle Childhood

Victory breakdown: How Nebraska took a top 10 spot in afterschool

In The Afterschool Alliance’s 2014 America After 3PM report, Nebraska came in #8, handily outperforming 42 other states in the Expanded Learning Opportunities we offer our students once the bell rings. Here’s a visual breakdown of why Nebraska performs so

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Posted in Middle Childhood

What’s quality look like in ELOs?

An Expanded Learning Opportunity—or ELO—is a high-quality afterschool or summer educational experience that takes place outside the context of the regular school day. These hands-on, experiential, enriching chances to learn that build on, but don’t duplicate, what students are learning during the

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Posted in Middle Childhood

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