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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An Ideal Opportunity: The Role of Afterschool in Social and Emotional Learning
Expanded learning programs are an ideal setting to help students develop social and emotional competencies. These programs can also help principals and teachers, many of whom report facing barriers to implementation in the school setting. This research brief from the Afterschool Alliance provides an overview of SEL and the role of afterschool in supporting SEL for students. It also profiles four afterschool programs and their strategies for implementing strong SEL programs.

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Social-Emotional Learning
Service Learning Strengthens Social and Emotional Learning
Service learning can strengthen social and emotional learning (SEL) skills among students. That is the primary finding shared in “Longitudinal Change in Adolescents’ Prosocial Behavior Toward Strangers, Friends, and Family,” a recent article in the Journal of Research on Adolescence. The type of service learning activity matters, however. Service learning activities that align with educational activities have more meaning for students. Similarly, working with individuals who are less fortunate helps students develop empathy and self-esteem. A summary of the study and findings can be found on the Education Dive website.

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Social-Emotional Learning
Afterschool Programs a Blessing for Students with ADHD
A recent study of records of more than 4,000 children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) indicates that these students benefit from participation in afterschool programs. While the study was not designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship, researchers found that students who participated in afterschool programs missed fewer days of school, and their parents reported less severe ADHD symptoms.

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Diverse Learners
The Opioid Crisis and K-12 Schools: Impact and Response
The U.S. Department of Education is joining other federal agencies in combating the opioid crisis that is killing Americans at unprecedented rates and having a devastating impact on families and communities. This archived webinar outlines how the opioid crisis affects students and families. It also offers strategies and practices that educators can use to address the opioid crisis in schools.

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Diverse Learners
Preventing and Responding to Discriminatory Behavior: Schools and Campuses
The National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments has several resources for educators who want to ensure that students do not experience discrimination or harassment based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or national origin. These include policy and guidance, resources for special populations, and bullying and violence prevention resources for different age groups.

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Diverse Learners
Expectant and Parenting Young Families
Expectant and parenting teens have unique needs and challenges. Youth.gov, a federal website with interactive tools and resources to support youth in a variety of areas, has several resources specifically designed to help adults support teen parents. These include information on the importance of working with pregnant and parenting teens, links to federal programs that provide support and resources, tip sheets, and strategies for working with both teen mothers and fathers.

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Diverse Learners
Ask, Listen, Learn: Incorporating Alcohol Education Into Your Program
Even when parents discuss alcohol consumption with their children, they may not explain why underage drinking is harmful. To help educators and parents address this information gap, Responsibility.org has developed Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix, an alcohol education program that provides a suite of education resources on the harmful effects of underage drinking. The National AfterSchool Association recently hosted a webinar to introduce the program. Information and resources can be found on the Ask, Listen, Learn website.

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Diverse Learners
Program Evaluation Doesn’t Have to be Scary: Increase Buy-In with Message Framing
In this archived webinar from the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, experts from the American Institutes for Research share evidence-based communications strategies to help organizations gain buy-in from stakeholders for their program evaluation. Presenters also describe barriers to communication and mobilization around program evaluation, as well as ways to overcome these barriers.

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Program Management
Afterschool Matters
The Spring 2018 issue of Afterschool Matters, the magazine of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, includes articles useful to Illinois 21st CCLC grantees. Topics include fostering friendships and peer groups in afterschool programs, promoting youth voice, and the work of an afterschool ecology club.

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Program Management
Planning Tips to Make the Most of Your Full-Day Program
Making the transition from afterschool to summer programming often means switching from 2-3 hours to a full day of activities. This blog post from the National AfterSchool Association offers ways expanded learning professionals can prepare for a full day of programming, including developing schedules that work for staff and students and planning and delivering learning activities.

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Program Management

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America After 3pm

Demand for afterschool programs has remained strong during COVID-19, with parents seeing programs as providing critical supports. The fourth edition of America After 3PM, an Afterschool Alliance report on parent satisfaction with afterschool programs in 2020, finds that demand for afterschool programs remains high while cost and access barriers to participation and inequities persist. In addition to the report and executive summary, Afterschool Alliance has provided resources like infographics and fact sheets to help afterschool programs share information about the demand, need, and support for afterschool programs.
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Telling Your Data Story (Two-Part Series)

Y4Y has a two-part webinar series that explains how afterschool leaders can connect the dots and translate data into a powerful narrative. Topics include planning a program year with the end in mind, interpreting data to make decisions, and crafting a story about your data. That story will help you recruit partners, identify program champions, and market your program to the community.
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