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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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
Summer Learning Recruitment Guide

If your 21st CCLC is offering summer programming, be sure to check out this summer learning recruitment guide from the Wallace Foundation. The guide includes strategies for messaging and recruitment, and a list of essential, recommended, and optional recruitment tactics.



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Program Management
Empowering Afterschool Professionals for Digital Learning

A new publication by Policy Studies Associates, commissioned by the National AfterSchool Association, examines how afterschool can help close the digital learning gap that students from low-income families often experience. Recommendations include providing tools and training to afterschool staff; using coaching and online platforms for professional learning; fostering site-based collaboration and peer observation; and creating connections with organizations that support digital learning.



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Technology
How ESSA and IDEA Can Support College and Career Readiness for Students With Disabilities

A brief from AIR's Center for College and Career Readiness outlines provisions under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that support college and career readiness for students with disabilities. The brief is also discussed in a webinar on supporting students through personalized learning that was hosted by the American Youth Policy Forum.



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College and Career Readiness
Family Engagement Virtual Institute

The U.S. Department of Education's Y4Y web portal is offering a family engagement virtual institute for 21st CCLC grantees. The virtual institute is divided into three 1-week segments that are available on demand. Each segment includes a webinar recording, presentation materials, links to resources, and handouts.



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Family and Community Engagement
STEM Educators Academy Research Brief

This research brief from ExpandED Schools reports on findings from the organization's STEM Educators Academy. Piloted in 2013-14, the initiative included joint professional development at premiere science institutions for school teachers and afterschool instructors. After returning to their schools, participants team-taught STEM activities that connected school day and afterschool learning. Recommendations in the brief include encouraging collaborative teaching, using data to drive professional development, and allowing time for teaching teams to plan.



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Academic Enrichment
Plum Landing

The PBS Kids’ environmental science website Plum Landing offers activities and tools for students ages 6 to 9 to help build science skills. The site includes videos, activities, games, and standards-based tools for educators.



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Academic Enrichment
Coaching Staff

This webinar recording from Click2Science explores coaching as a professional development strategy. Although the website focuses on STEM, the coaching activities and resources can be applied to a range of afterschool programming activities.



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Academic Enrichment
Intentional Activity Design

Intentional activity design can mean the difference between an activity that simply fills time and one that helps students achieve meaningful goals. This blog post from the U.S. Department of Education's Y4Y web portal includes guiding questions for creating intentional activities with a clear purpose, an activity design diagram, and links to other resources.



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Afterschool Enrichment
Meta-Analysis of Follow-up Effects of Social and Emotional Learning

A new meta-analysis from Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning examines the effects of school-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs. The study found some SEL interventions can have long-term positive academic and behavioral benefits for students.



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Social-Emotional Learning

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Volunteers: Engaging, Training, Managing and Retaining (Two-Part Series)

Volunteers can strengthen a 21st CCLC by expanding a program’s offerings, increasing adult-to-student ratios, increasing student access to experts, and more. This two-part webinar series from the U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth (Y4Y) team shows 21st CCLC professionals how to engage, train, manage, and retain fantastic volunteers in every type of geographic location. Throughout the series, participants hear from experts and program leaders on strategies for maximizing the power of volunteers.
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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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