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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Growing Evidence on Physical Activity and Academic Performance
This research brief from Active Living Research summarizes the growing body of evidence showing that physical activity and fitness can benefit both health and academic performance for children. The brief reviews published scientific articles that examine how physical activity and fitness may help school-aged children maximize their academic performance. It also provides an overview of the effects of physical activity on the developing brain. Afterschool programs who want to demonstrate the importance of including physical activity in their programs will want to consult this brief.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Growing Together, Learning Together
In 2003, The Wallace Foundation began an initiative to help five cities develop afterschool systems, a coordination of efforts and resources among government agencies, private funders, and afterschool programs. Growing Together, Learning Together, a Wallace Perspective report, focuses on the four components of afterschool system building that the most current evidence and experience suggest are essential: strong leadership from major players, coordination that fits local context, effective use of data, and a comprehensive approach to quality.

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Program Management
Guiding Youth to Cultural Awareness Through Self-Reflection
This resource from the Campus Compact focuses on how Global Service Learning is designed to stimulate targeted, reflective thinking on intercultural communication, competency, self-understanding, and comprehension of one’s position in society. The resource provides a reflection tool for program providers to engage with youth on issues such as intercultural border crossing, power, and privilege.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Healthy Habits Curriculum
The National AfterSchool Association and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation have partnered to provide the “Enrichment Zone,” a free curriculum for afterschool programs focused on promoting energy balance. The Enrichment Zone resources explain to students the concepts of “Energy In” (food and nutrition-related activities) and “Energy Out” (physical activities). It focuses particularly on the “Energy Out” aspect to help afterschool programs guarantee students get the daily 60 minutes of physical activity recommended by the National Afterschool Association Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Helping Others Step Into Their Leadership
This professional development article from the National AfterSchool Association begins by recognizing that there is no single recipe for building effective leadership. The author, Amanda Meeson, who is vice president of programming with The Leadership Program, reached out to her own team for examples of how she helps build their leadership. She then shares the team’s take on what is working in their community. The exercise serves as a model of how vulnerability and transparency can be an important element of effective leadership.

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Program Management
Homework in Afterschool: An Instructor's Guide to the Afterschool Training Toolkit
Designed to be used with SEDL’s Afterschool Training Toolkit for Homework, this instructor’s guide aids afterschool instructors in mastering promising practices in homework help. The guide includes instructional strategies, organizational tools, and opportunities for instructors to reflect on teaching experiences and improve their practices. Afterschool directors can use the instructor’s guide as a professional development tool with groups, or instructors can use the resource independently.

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Academic Enrichment
How Cities Are Sustaining Their Afterschool Systems
It’s never too early for afterschool leaders to begin thinking about sustainability for their program. This article in AfterSchool Today, the magazine of the National AfterSchool Association, highlights some key considerations that go into sustainability planning. The ideas are drawn from the Wallace Foundation report Growing Together, Learning Together: What Cities Have Discovered About Building Afterschool Systems.

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Sustainability
How National Service Helps Close Graduation and Opportunity Gaps for Youth
Published by America’s Promise Alliance, this white paper illustrates how national service is making a positive impact on young people and closing the graduation gap—from early literacy through high school graduation and beyond. The authors of this paper reviewed numerous evaluation reports, policy papers, academic journal articles, and program summaries related to the contributions that AmeriCorps, and national service more generally, have made and can make to close the nation’s graduation gap. In addition to having gathered promising practices, this paper offers recommendations to leverage and continue effective programs that work.

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Program Management
How to Infuse Global Learning Into Out-of-School-Time Staff Training
Written by staff from the YMCA of Central Massachusetts, this blog post provides concrete suggestions on how educators can infuse global learning into out-of-school time staff training. Suggestions include focusing on top leadership when you begin training, enabling staff to make connections to the curriculum, and reviewing and evaluating each training session.

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Diverse Learners
How to Scale Up Effective Programs Serving Children, Youth, and Families
Scaling up evidence-based programs is not easy, and it is something that program developers and distributors approach in many different ways. This brief from ChildTrends reviews the best practices for the scale up of effective programs from across the literature, identifying recommendations for funders, communities, and program providers. It also describes the experiences of several effective programs that are at varying levels of scale across the country and internationally.

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Program Management

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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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