Iowa 4-H Afterschool

4-H Afterschool Vision: All Iowa children and youth will have access to extraordinary learning experiences and caring adults in out-of-school time.

Mission: Iowa 4-H Afterschool is a partner and leader in providing positive youth development through out-of-school programming.

4-H Afterschool Outreach Priorities

Curriculum Development

  • Create 4-H project lesson plans to be user-friendly for Extension staff to market to out-of-school time/after-school personnel.
  • Highlight specific out-of-school time/after-school programming ideas.
  • Provide no-school day camp programming ideas/lesson.
    Place developed support materials on the Iowa 4-H Afterschool website.

Staff Development Training

  • Create staff development training modules for Extension staff to use with out-of-school time/after-school personnel.
  • Place developed support materials on the Iowa 4-H Afterschool website.
  • Quality Out-of-School Time Standards
  • Create materials for Extension staff to use with out-of-school time/after-school personnel.
  • Place developed support materials on the Iowa 4-H Afterschool website

Iowa 4-H Afterschool is defined as programs and partnerships that are...

  • offered during the times children and youth are not in school and their parents are in need of safe, healthy, caring, and enriching environments for their children and youth.
  • They include before- and after-school hours, teacher workdays, school holidays, summer months, and in some cases, weekends.
  • designed for children and youth from kindergarten to twelfth grades
  • designed to engage children and youth in experiential learning in partnership with adults
  • designed on principles of youth development to address the interests of children and youth and their physicl, cognitive, social and emotional needs
  • FUN!

The goals of Iowa 4-H Afterschool are to increase the...

  • Skills and knowledge of children and youth in the areas of leadership, communication, and citizenship;
  • quality and availability of out-of-school programs;
  • number of young people, volunteers, and community partners involved in out-of-school programs;
  • use of 4-H and Extension curricula in out-of-school programs;
  • knowledge and skills of out-of-school program staff; and
    awareness of 4-H as a major contributor and leader in the out-of-school field.

4-H Lesson Plans

4-H Afterschool Lesson Plans

  • Bugs
  • Cats
  • Child Development
  • Citizenship
  • Communication
  • Consumer Management
  • Dog
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Leadership
  • Pets
  • Photography
  • Sportfishing
  • Theatre Arts
  • Woodworking

Training and Support

Training Support Resources

  • 4-H Afterschool Basics and Setup
  • 4-H Curriculum Integration 
  • Starting 4-H Clubs in Afterschool Programs
  • Community Partnership Development
  • Developing Relationships for Cooperation
  • Establishing a Community Afterschool Program with No Fear Factor
  • Group Management
  • Staff Development
  • Sustainability and Collaboration
  • 4-H Afterschool Activities
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Indoor Games for Clover Kids
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Evaluation and Marketing

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