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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Afterschool Programs’ Impact on Academics, Behavior, Safety, and Family Life
A steady stream of afterschool evaluations are showing important gains for children, not only in terms of academic achievement but also in regard to safety, discipline, attendance, and avoidance of risky behaviors. This updated evaluations “backgrounder”—a summary of formal evaluations of afterschool programs—from the Afterschool Alliance includes new research that demonstrates the impact of afterschool programs on academic outcomes, student behavior, and parental concerns about children’s safety. Afterschool practitioners can use this resource to illustrate the effectiveness of quality afterschool programs to stakeholders.

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Program Management
Afterschool Thanksgiving Activities
The National Afterschool Association has pinned several Thanksgiving-related activities on their Pinterest Board. The pinboard includes community service resources, reading and writing activities, and of course food-related activities.

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Academic Enrichment
Afterschool Training Toolkit for Homework
The Afterschool Training Toolkit for Homework from SEDL provides resources that enable practitioners to provide effective homework help in their afterschool programs. The toolkit includes an overview of four promising practices in afterschool homework help that specialists identified through a review of research and site visits to promising afterschool programs across the United States. Video clips illustrate some of the practices in action, and the toolkit also contains resources, such as a homework log and a memo template, to help afterschool practitioners monitor and communicate about student progress.

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Academic Enrichment
Afterschool Training Toolkit for Math
The Afterschool Training Toolkit for Math contains a suite of professional development materials to help your 21st CCLC provide engaging math enrichment activities. Resources include information on best practices and the research base supporting them, video clips of the practices in action to use for professional development, and lesson plans so that your team can practice implementing these strategies.

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Academic Enrichment
Afterschool, STEM, and 21st-Century Skills
STEM Related After-School Program Activities and Associated Outcomes on Student Learning” provides findings that may be useful to afterschool leaders seeking support for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs in their afterschool programs. Published in the journal Educational Sciences: Theory & Practices, the article discusses findings from a qualitative case study of how afterschool STEM programs affect collaborative learning and students’ interest in STEM fields and 21st-century skills.

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Academic Enrichment
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals and families to transform the conditions and systems that lead to healthier kids. The organization provides resources for out-of-school time providers, state-specific statistics, and an e-newsletter. There is also a framework to help out-of-school providers improve access to healthier foods, increase physical activity opportunities, and emphasize youth engagement.

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Afterschool Enrichment
America After 3PM: Afterschool Programs in Demand
Produced by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM provides a snapshot of the afterschool field. Based on a survey of nearly 14,000 parents and guardians, the report finds that some 18% of children in surveyed households took part in an afterschool program in 2014—compared with 15% in 2009. The report also finds that there remains a large unmet demand for afterschool programming.

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Program Management
An Afterschool Space Designed for and by Teenagers
While there are a number of well-documented benefits to youth engagement in afterschool activities, programs often struggle to recruit youth and sustain their participation over time. “This Is Their House, Too”: An Afterschool Space Designed for and by Teenagers, a case study from the Harvard Family Research Project, explores what makes one out-of-school program a successful place of learning and development for young people. The profile shows how the program uses “intentional informality” to develop spaces so that teenagers feel that they have room to be themselves while also knowing there are caring adults around them when they need guidance or mentorship. The case study concludes with takeaway practices for other practitioners to consider when designing programming for adolescents.

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Diverse Learners
Are You Culturally Competent?
Is your program staff intentionally trained to be culturally responsive? It can be difficult for staff to understand how to provide a safe environment for youth if they have no experience or awareness of the different cultures, races, or physical disabilities that may be represented in the program they serve. Several states, including Washington and Arizona, have made cultural responsiveness one of their out-of-school time program quality standards. Read more on the Youth Today website about why leaders from School's Out Washington, and other organizations, are talking about the necessity of culturally competent youth programming.

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Diverse Learners
Are You Ready to Assess Social and Emotional Development?
This webinar recording is Part 2 of a two-part series on how afterschool programs can support social and emotional learning. The presentation digs into the assessment landscape to help programs recognize whether and how to implement assessments of social and emotional development. Hosted by the Afterschool Alliance, the webinar recording is available on their website along with downloadable resources and related links. Part 1 of the series is also available online.

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Social-Emotional Learning

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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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