Resource Database

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The Illinois Quality Afterschool team has created this resource database to help you and your staff provide high-quality 21st CCLC programming. Browse or search the database to find the latest information on afterschool research, best practices, tools, conference proceedings, policy briefs, professional development tools, and activities.

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Expanding Learning, Enriching Learning: Portraits of Five Programs
This publication from the Wallace Foundation describes five Wallace-funded programs working to expand learning and enrichment for disadvantaged children. All five programs aim to enable low-income students to benefit from the types of opportunities their wealthier counterparts have access to, from homework help to swimming classes. The report details each program’s approach, successes, and challenges, offering a well-rounded picture of the effort nationally to expand learning opportunities for low-income children—and the work that remains.

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Diverse Learners
Fall Issue of Afterschool Matters
Published by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Afterschool Matters is a national, peer-reviewed journal with articles dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship, and consciousness in the field of afterschool education. The Fall 2013 issue includes articles on professional development, community service, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

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Program Management
Fall Owls for Kids
Looking for some fun fall crafts to do in your afterschool program? This Pinterest board from the National Afterschool Association contains several fall owl crafts and activities that you can do with your students.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Family Engagement in Program Planning
When considering ways to involve families in program planning, it’s important to think about how you and your staff are reaching out to families. Families can provide valuable insight toward program improvement, but barriers to engagement, such as work schedules and caring for other children, must be taken into account. “Involving Children and Families in Program Planning,” an article published by the National Afterschool Association, has some tips for overcoming obstacles and increasing family involvement in program planning.

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Family and Community Engagement
Family Engagement Webinar: May 21
Engaging Families in Afterschool is a webinar created especially for Illinois 21st CCLCs. The webinar will help afterschool programs strengthen and build a systemic approach to family engagement and highlight school- and district-level efforts. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will host and co-facilitate with SEDL's Illinois Quality Afterschool team. Before the webinar, participants can review ISBE’s Family Engagement Framework Guide and provide feedback. The webinar takes place May 21 at 10 a.m. Register on the Illinois Quality Afterschool website.

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Family and Community Engagement
Family Guidebook Template
The U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth team has collaborated with afterschool practitioners and leaders to develop a family guidebook template for 21st CCLC grantees. Creating a family guidebook offers a way for programs to inform families about policies and procedures, and it also helps families become more involved in afterschool activities. This template provides suggestions, in an outline form, of possible components to include in your program’s family guidebook.

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Family and Community Engagement
Federal Registry for Educational Excellence
The Federal Registry for Educational Excellence site helps educators find digital teaching and learning resources created and maintained by the federal government and public and private organizations. Educators can browse materials by subject or by standards, including Common Core State Standards.

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Academic Enrichment
Financial Management
Organizations with strong financial management are better able to fulfill their missions and deliver high-quality services. The Wallace Foundation has developed a suite of online resources to help nonprofit organizations strengthen financial management. The resources are divided into four key areas: planning, monitoring, operations, and governance.

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Program Management
Finding Time Together: Families, Schools, and Communities Supporting Anywhere, Anytime Learning
Produced by the Harvard Family Research Project, this publication explores the time that children and families spend together in “anywhere, anytime learning.” These pursuits can range from unstructured activities at home or in the community to organized, school-related events. The authors explore the time that children and families spend together in learning pursuits, the constraints on families’ time, and the ways that institutions—including afterschool programs—are supporting families’ time together.

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Family and Community Engagement
First in the Family
First in the Family is a website that provides practical advice and lessons learned by high school seniors and high school graduates who have made it to college. The website includes videos and planning checklists for students who are preparing to apply to and attend college, as well as resources for advisors and parents. The website is project of What Can Kids Do, a nonprofit committee that supports college access and success for low-income students.

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College and Career Readiness

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Five Ways to Build Strong Relationships with Families

In a fast-paced culture, where families are busy and sometimes overwhelmed with job and school responsibilities, family engagement is still important. National AfterSchool Association’s professional development series, Talk Tuesday, offers new materials to guide an afterschool staff training session on family engagement. This resource focuses on five quick techniques that help afterschool practitioners build strong relationships with families.
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You for Youth College and Career Readiness Resources

Provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st CCLC web portal, this You for Youth online professional learning course explores ways to incorporate college and career readiness into 21st CCLC afterschool and summer programs. Learn how to use existing activities to build and reinforce skills, work with stakeholders to strengthen your program, tap into various funding sources, and help families become more informed.
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