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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Learning to Self Manage

A new research story from the Harvard Graduate School of Education examines students' abilities to exercise self-control. The story cites studies that found that voluntary agreements to restrictions or penalties are not enough to help students improve behaviors, even when students are motivated to change. The story suggests that educators work with students to co-create environments where students can engage in positive behavior and also give students a sense of agency in selecting strategies that can help them improve behavior.



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Social-Emotional Learning
The Role of Sports for Socially Vulnerable Youth

Published in Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, this article examines the role of sports participation in the lives of socially vulnerable youth. Based on interviews with 10 young adults, the article describes sports participation as providing a safe place, a venue for learning life skills, an instrument for reaching goals, and a sense of purpose for socially vulnerable youth.



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Diverse Learners
Afterschool Matters

The latest issue of Afterschool Matters, a peer-reviewed journal of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, has a variety of articles to inform and educate your afterschool team. Topics include equity and inclusion, mentoring, motivating students with video games, and how afterschool can affect students' sense of autonomy.



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Program Management
Working with ADHD

Afterschool professionals may have resources to support students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but do they know how to help staff members with ADHD be successful? This blog post from the National Afterschool Association provides insights on how adults with ADHD can work with the disorder and be focused in the workplace.



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Program Management
The Growing Out-of-School Time Field

A new book, The Growing Out-of-School-Time Field: Past, Present, and Future, looks at how the out-of-school time (OST) field has evolved and matured over the past two decades. The Afterschool Alliance has hosted two webinars to present topics and authors from the book. Part I explores positive youth development, supporting children from underserved communities, and the role of research in the field. Part II looks at professional development and where the OST movement is headed in the future.



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Program Management
Winning the Support of Municipal Officials

Mayors and city council members can be powerful advocates for afterschool programs, especially if they understand the connections between afterschool programs and positive youth outcomes. This article from the National AfterSchool Association outlines strategies for getting municipal officials on your side to sustain and support afterschool programs.



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Sustainability
The Value of Out-of-School Time Programs

A new RAND publication reviews the outcomes and benefits of out-of-school time programs. The report presents evidence suggesting that out-of-school-time programs can generate three kinds of benefits: academic gains, enriching experiences, and safety and homework help. Benefits depend on the type of programming offered and how long it is offered. The report also includes recommendations on ways afterschool programs can achieve their desired outcomes.



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Sustainability
Career and College Exploration in Afterschool Programs in STEM

This publication from the American Youth Policy Forum discusses how afterschool programs can help prepare youth for college and careers in STEM fields. The publication includes evidence and real-world examples that afterschool programs can use to inform partnerships and programming in this area.



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College and Career Readiness
Employer-Driven Innovations in Career and Technical Education

This Forum Brief from the American Youth Policy Forum provides an archive of a recent event on career and technical education (CTE). Presentation materials include leading research on CTE and analysis of the evolving workforce needs, which have influenced the development of innovative CTE strategies. There are also links to CTE programs and summaries.



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College and Career Readiness
NASA Space Place

NASA Space Place is a science website that provides upper-elementary-aged students with opportunities to learn about space and Earth science through interactive games, hands-on activities, articles, and short videos. Students may also move between English and Spanish text on the website with just one click.



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Academic Enrichment

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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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