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Resources on Afterschool Programs

Afterschool Alliance A nonprofit public awareness and advocacy group dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to afterschool programs.  The Web site includes policy information and research as well as ideas on how to advocate for after-school programs.

Afterschool Matters Journal

Number 17, Spring 2013 - STEM

A national, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarhsip and consciousness in the field of afterschool education.

Afterschool Outcomes "The California Afterschool Outcome Measures Project (CAOMP) has developed a set of easy-to-use online measures called the ONLINE TOOLBOX.  The Online Toolbox allows diverse Out-of-School Time programs to collect reports of student behavior and skill development from program staff, classroom teachers, and the students themselves."
Afterschool Snack Program, Oklahoma State Department of Education The intent of the After-School Snack Program "is to assist sites in operating organized programs of care which include education or enrichment activities known to help reduce or prevent children’s involvement in juvenile crime or other high-risk behavior."
Critical Links How does studying the arts transfer learning to other domains of knowledge?  Interest in this area of research intensified after researchers at the University of California announced their findings on what came to be called the Mozart Effect.
C. S. Mott Foundation A leading partner in the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, the C. S. Mott Foundation is a private philanthropy that awards grants in four program areas in the United States and selected regions internationally.
Education Week, May 14, 2013

Mobile Apps Make Field Trips More Interactive -- A new generation of field trips may make it easier to integrate curriculum and even assessment into real-world local settings students can explore.

The Finance Project This Web site is part of a series of technical assistance resources on financing and sustaining out-of­school time and community school initiatives developed by The Finance Project, with support from the DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund.
Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) This Web site is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with extensive information that can assist after-school programs in accessing the child nutrition programs and is able to provide in-depth technical support to the states and grantees.  
Harvard Family Research Project The Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP), at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, builds on its expertise in evaluation and knowledge development to improve evaluation work and promote greater conversation and knowledge-sharing about evaluation among practitioners, policy makers, funders, researchers, and evaluators in the after-school field.  HFRP supports the development of quality information and capacity-building tools that will improve research and evaluation work and use of information in the field, especially at the local level.
Hours of Opportunity This PowerPoint was presented by Sonia Johnson at EngageOK 2015 and provides an overview of why afterschool programs are important and what a quality afterschool program should look like.
Learning Point Associates Learning Point Associates provides a useful compendium of Internet resources and examples of innovative after-school programs.
National Institute for Out-of-School Time (NIOST) NIOST has successfully brought national attention to the importance of children’s out-of-school time, influenced policy, increased standards and professional recognition, and spearheaded community action aimed at improving the availability, quality, and viability of programs serving children and youth.
The National Governor’s Association The National Governor’s Association has a Center for Best Practices with information on schools and after-school programs, among many other things.
National Network for Child Care (NNCC) NNCC is an extensive database of publications and a listserv supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service.
National Afterschool Association The only national membership organization representing the entire array of public, private, and community-based providers of after-school programs, NAA promotes national standards of quality school-age care for children and youth 5 -14 years old and grants accreditation to programs meeting the standards. NAA’s mission is to build a profession that develops, supports, and promotes quality after-school care.
Oklahoma Afterschool Network (OKAN) OKAN provides information and resources on STEM, Fit Kids, Bullying, and Lights on Afterschool.  Their partners are "committed to a vision in which all Oklahoma children and youth are safe, nurtured, and involved in enriching activities during their out-of-school time."
U.S. Department of Agriculture The Child Nutrition program of the Food and Nutrition Service provides information on the after-school snack program, including eligibility and reimbursement.
U.S. Department of Education The Department presents information about national education issues, publications, education statistics, and information about its different offices and programs.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services The section on Health and Human Child Care Programs, including the Child Care Development Fund, offers useful resources.
The Wallace Foundation The foundation, based in New York City, seeks to improve education for disadvantaged children.  Their approach: "funding projects to test innovative ideas for solving important social problems, conducting research to find out what works and what doesn’t, and to fill key knowledge gaps – and then communicating the results to help others."
You for Youth! You for Youth is a Web site based on 21st Century participants need to create engaging afterschool programs.  They will help you "connect and share resources with your colleagues, provide professional development and technical assistance opportunities, and offer tools for improving your program practices."




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