The History of The Florida After School Alliance (FASA)


FASA partners with the Florida Dept. of Education’s and the University of Florida’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers offices to present its annual state conference in Orlando. Over 500 after school professionals register to attend the conference.

FASA renews its affiliate agreement with the National After School Association (NAA), the national professional development and membership organization for after school programs and practitioners. Every member of FASA is a member of the NAA. The NAA begins initiatives on behalf of its 8,000 members in areas such as workforce development, middle school programming and allying the after school and youth development fields.

FASA renews its affiliate agreement with the National After School Association (NAA), the national professional development and membership organization for after school programs and practitioners. Every member of FASA is a member of the NAA. The NAA begins initiatives on behalf of its 8,000 members in areas such as workforce development, middle school programming and allying the after school and youth development fields.


FSACCC changes its name to the Florida After School Alliance to better reflect the diverse array of professionals and programs that serve children and youth after school. These include academic programs, before and after school programs, child care centers, enrichment programs, faith-based providers, recreation programs, school-based programs, summer camps, tutoring programs, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

FASA also revamps its Web site,, and continues to publish its quarterly newsletter, Florida After School Link for its 400 members.

FASA hosts the National After School Association’s annual national conference in Tampa. It is attended by several thousand after school professionals from around the country.

FSACCC’s presence at Children’s Week continues and includes the publication of an issue paper requesting the state legislature provide dedicated funding for after school programs.


FSACCC hosts regional trainings in Port Canaveral and Tarpon Springs.

FSACCC participates in Children’s Week activities in Tallahassee and the One Goal Conference in Tampa.

FSACCC’s Board of Directors includes two Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Ambassadors.


The coalition continues to be a sponsor for the Children's Week event and also the One Goal Summer Conference.

In May of this year the coalition's first Regional Training was sponsored by Region 5 and held in Fort Lauderdale with over 300 attendees.

FSACCC's state conference was held at Palm Beach Garden's Marriott Hotel and had the largest attendance to date, with well over 500 attendees. The Awards of Excellence took place at the conference honoring recipients for both 2001 and 2002.


The Web site was fully operational and served as a priceless communication tool for keeping our membership base informed. The Coalition sponsored Children's Week as well as a Collaborative Partner for the One Goal Summer Conference.

September 1, 2001 proved to be a difficult time for all. This tragedy affected the Coalition as well, as it was necessary to cancel an already planned annual conference as well as the Older Kids Conference. To keep the coalition's commitment to provide training, regional trainings were planned to begin in 2002.

During the year the Coalition's by-laws were updated and the Board Configuration was changed to create elected positions for President, Vice President, First Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. In addition there will now be 5 Regional Directors and 5 Members at Large elected. All Board positions are elected to a two-year term.


The Coalition's annual conference was held in December at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Orlando. This conference marked the beginning of FSACCC's annual "Awards of Excellence" given to individuals who are nominated by their peers to be recognized for their outstanding efforts in promoting quality school age care. Categories of recipients include front-line staff, administrators of single sites as well as multi-sites, volunteers, and public officials.

FSACCC was a sponsoring partner for Children's Week in March of 2000, and also the 2nd Annual Early Childhood Conference in Jacksonville.

FSACCC moved into the 21st century and put under construction an official Web Site,


The Coalition developed and distributed over 500 "Home Alone" advocacy flyers at the annual "Children's Day" event held at the State's capital. Coalition members attended the event and spoke to several legislators about key issues affecting school age child care. At the request of the Department of Children and Families, Coalition Board members attended Child Care Development Fund Hearings and their comments helped ensure that school age care issues would be accurately addressed in this Department's future plans.

Nineteen school age care professionals received NSACA Endorser Training in March as part of the Coalition's efforts to develop the necessary support system to promote National Accreditation of school age programs. The Coalition held its annual conference in Coral Springs in early October. The event included over 55 workshops, keynote addresses, professional development sessions, program visits, product exhibitors, and entertainment.


The Coalition's annual conference was moved to the fall this year for the first time. The conference was held in St. Petersburg for the first time and was attended by over 275 participants. Professional development workshops were offered on Thursday as an extra benefit for conference attendees. Over fifty workshops were offered as a part of the regular conference on Friday and Saturday. Tours of local after school programs and a visit to the local hands-on science museum were also part of the conference.

The Coalition, with the financial partnership of the Florida Children's Forum, started organizing the first training in Florida for the National School-Age Care Alliance's Endorsers for program accreditation. The event was publicized and interested school-age care professionals sent requests to be included in the training to be held in the spring of 1999.


The Coalition hosted a very successful national conference with the National School Age Care Alliance. It was the largest national conference with over 2000 people attending from throughout the country and several foreign countries. More than 120 workshops and plenary sessions were offered. Special features developed by the Coalition for this conference included outdoor workshops on the tennis courts and in the pool for a hands-on approach to learning activities. Mini-presentations in booths along the hotel halls were offered continuously to provide alternatives to large sessions and provide a more intimate setting for discussion with presenters.

The success of this national conference brought new revenue to the Coalition and expanded financial management concerns for investing funds to better serve members. The rest of this year found the Board busy working on redesigning the Coalition's services for members, the annual conference plan, and involvement in national accreditation issues.


The tenth annual State-wide Symposium held in Orlando attracted approximately 400 people. This year two collaborative projects were part of the symposium. One cooperative effort with the Children's Forum provided a parent empowerment workshop. This one day session was sponsored by the Forum's School-Age Child Care Facilitated Education (SAFE) project. This session helped parents develop an awareness of SAC issues and prepared them to be advocates for quality school age care in their own communities. The other joint effort involved AmeriCorps Orange in the Orlando area. AmeriCorps members worked as workshop hosts and took advantage of the opportunity to receive training in exchange for their help.

Continuous evaluation of services and organizational structure resulted in the addition of Co-Director positions for the Regional Directors on the Coalition's Board. Committees were also restructured and expanded to meet the challenge of growth and the commitment to the larger National conference.


The annual Symposium was held in Tampa and attendance continued to increase from past years. An expanded board of directors was elected. New board positions included five Regional Directors representing five regions of the State. The goal for these new directors is to focus on member services and recruitment. Long range plans include strengthening regional services with the hope of providing regional training events through networking by these directors.

This year brought the expansion of the newsletter from four to six issues a year. Due to the Coalition's continued growth, success, and focus on quality service, a successful bid was made to host the National School Age Care Alliance annual conference in 1997.


Another successful Symposium was coordinated by the coalition and held in Orlando. The continued growth of the organization brought on a decision by the board of directors to begin contracting for some data management services. The volume of records and the need to provide more efficient service were factors that influenced this decision. Until this time the organization was entirely operated by volunteers.

Other changes also took place this year. The structure of the board of directors was studied in order to provide more opportunities for members and as a method of expanding committee involvement with the goal of improving member services. As new directors were elected and other members became more active in committees, services were enhanced. The organization's newsletter was revitalized and developed for quarterly publication.


The seventh annual SACC Symposium, held by FSACCC in Tampa, received excellent reviews. A survey conducted at the conference assessed the needs of SACC providers. The purpose was to give direction to board members and committees to continue, establish, or design services and projects that appropriately meet the needs of SACC providers.

As a result of the survey several items were considered and assessed for economic feasibility, short and long term project schedules, staffing possibilities, and priorities, as ranked by SACC providers. Items reviewed for action included; creating bibliographies of related books and magazines, consultant/trainer lists, curriculum materials, packets of reprinted Symposium workshop materials, regional training events, and information sharing with related organizations.

Reprinting Symposium workshop materials was the most feasible project. Packets were offered to SACC providers and a successful sale of materials followed. Also, operational procedures were studied and new, more efficient membership and financial tracking systems were developed and computerized.


The FSACCC continued to maintain the SACC network, coordinate resources, and strengthen membership. The organization expanded its statewide SACC provider mailing list from 1500 to over 3700 in an effort to enhance the information sharing network. The sixth annual Symposium held in Altamonte Springs not only attracted providers from throughout the State but also from other States. FSACCC representatives continued to provide SACC technical assistance as part of the Florida Dependent Care Planning and Development Grant. This assistance expanded to include regional workshops and on-site consultations. Interest in the Coalition continued to increase and an expanded board of directors was elected. The number of individual and organizational members also grew.


The fifth annual SACC Symposium, held in Maitland Florida, was organized by the Coalition. It attracted over 250 attendees from Pensacola to Miami. By-monthly meetings were held at varying locations throughout the state (Tallahassee, Gainesville, Orlando, Clearwater). Newsletters and flyers distributed at irregular intervals kept the membership informed of Coalition activities, scheduled meetings and other items thought to be of interest to SACC providers. Regional FSACCC representatives were recruited for the Florida Dependent Care Planning and Development Grant. This grant was funded by the Florida Department of HRS. These members served as local contacts to facilitate the provision of SACC technical assistance.

The coalition experienced changes in board positions as budget reductions in school systems and community organizations resulted in vacancies in board member positions. Organizational goals and projects were restructured to maintain high quality in the work that was achievable by a smaller group of volunteer board members. The Symposium became the group's main focus because this kind of training event was of the greatest interest to most SACC providers within the State.


A recruitment brochure was created and distributed to help explain the purpose of the Coalition and encourage support. A reception and meeting scheduled at the 1990 SACC Symposium in Tampa brought people together to formulate the mission and establish an independent statewide coalition. A draft of organizational structure and by-laws was reviewed, officers were elected, and individuals signed up for committees at this meeting. The Florida School Age Child Care Coalition was incorporated in May of 1990 according to State of Florida laws.

Members and officers agreed that the Coalition should focus on staff training, coordinating resources, advocating on local and state levels, and maintaining a SACC network. Since the SACC Clearinghouse was reaching the end of its funding period the Coalition took on the development of a newsletter and the coordination of the statewide SACC Symposium.


School age providers and advocates met informally at the 1988 and 1989 SACC Symposiums in Orlando and during the 1989 Children's Day Celebration at the capital in Tallahassee. The creation of a Florida School Age Child Care Coalition was discussed with enthusiasm and promises for help. A survey was conducted to determine the level of interest, gain input, and establish direction.

Actions at these meetings helped develop a base for a statewide network and an opportunity for information sharing. The Florida School Age Child Care Clearinghouse took the initiative to coordinate these events. The Clearinghouse was a project managed by LATCHKEY Services For Children, Inc. in Clearwater, and funded by the Florida Department of Education.

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The mission of FASA is to provide leadership, to support professionals and to promote quality programs for children and youth during out-of-school hours. To accomplish its mission, FASA provides training, advocacy, and networking opportunities for after school professionals throughout Florida.

Many children in Florida spend as much time in year round after school programs as they do in school. Time spent in these programs offers children opportunities for growth, development, academic support, enrichment, recreation and socialization.

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