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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Strengthening Partnerships and Building Public Will for Out-Of-School Time Programs
Published by the National League of Cities&‌rsquo; Institute for Youth, Education, and Families in 2010, this guide describes three key strategies that city leaders can use to generate support for access to high-quality out-of-school time activities. The guide also highlights a broad range of examples of how cities have successfully implemented each strategy, from partnerships with universities to coordinated communications plans.

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Family and Community Engagement
Strong Directors/Skilled Staff: Guide to Using the Core Competencies
This handbook from Wellesley College’s National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) outlines key skills-“core competencies”-needed by afterschool program directors and those they supervise. The publication offers guidance and tools on how to develop the skills, including questionnaires that managers and youth workers can use to determine their strengths and weaknesses. The handbook was developed for the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and draws on NIOST’s field efforts and research.

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Program Management
Structuring Out-of-School Time to Improve Academic Achievement
Published in 2009, this practice guide from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences provides five recommendations to help district and school administrators, out-of-school program providers, and educators design out-of-school time programs that will increase learning for students. It describes the research supporting each recommendation, how to carry them out, and how to address roadblocks that might arise in implementing them.

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Program Management
Students With Disabilities and Out-of-School-Time Programs
For students with disabilities, participation in afterschool and summer programs provides opportunities to gain greater self-awareness, self-confidence, and appropriate social and emotional skills. Produced by the New York State Afterschool Network and the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, this resource addresses some of the frequently asked questions about including students with disabilities in an afterschool program.

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Diverse Learners
Summer Learning PQI Webinar
Extending quality improvement efforts from the school year into the summer is the goal of the Summer Learning Program Quality Intervention (PQI). The continuous improvement intervention was developed as part of an ongoing collaboration between the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality and National Summer Learning Association. Its approach includes adapting school-year tools to provide high-impact support to summer programs. Hosted by the two collaborating organizations, this webinar recording explains the context of the project, the findings from the 2013-14 pilot, and next steps.

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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
Summer Learning Resources
It may be cold outside right now, but your summer learning program will be starting before you know it. The Department of Education’s You for Youth web portal has several summer learning resources for expanded learning practitioners. These include fact sheets on the importance of summer learning (in English, Spanish, and French), strategies for engaging community members, family members, and students of all ages, and a range of activities.

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Program Management
Support for Families When a Suicide Attempt Hits Home
USAGov and Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention teamed up to share some important tools to help guide those dealing with the challenging crisis of attempted suicide. Resources include links to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, guidance to assure caregivers take care of their own needs, advice on communicating with children during times of crisis, tools on resiliency and moving forward after a crisis.

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Diverse Learners
Supporting All Learners With Complex Texts
How can educators help students with varying reading abilities access and learn from complex texts? This blog post from Achieve the Core helps educators provide scaffolding and supports to help all readers. Suggestions include supporting vocabulary, pre-annotating texts with key ideas, using questions as scaffolds, and allowing time for reflection and discussion.

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Academic Enrichment
Supporting Literacy with Y4Y (Webinar)
The U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth team is hosting a webinar entitled Supporting Literacy with Y4Y on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 2 p.m. CST. The webinar will explore how out-of-school time programs can support comprehensive literacy efforts, discuss specific strategies for working with students who read below grade level, investigate how to support students’ language and literacy skills by involving families and building community partnerships, and develop ideas about integrating literacy into your program using the Y4Y portal.

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Academic Enrichment

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Supporting Local Experts Who Volunteer

Volunteers provide important support for afterschool programs, and it is crucial that afterschool leaders provide the information and support volunteers need to be successful. This blog post from the U.S. Department of Education&‌rsquo;s You for Youth (Y4Y) afterschool website provides guidance and tools for recruiting volunteers, matching them with responsibilities that fit their skills and interests, supporting them, and recognizing their contribution so that they have a rewarding experience and stay involved.
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Classroom Collaboration

Collaborative learning supports social and emotional learning and is also a key part of successful group activities. This resource from Illinois Classrooms in Action provides an overview of collaborative learning as well as a 60-minute professional development guide with facilitator&‌rsquo;s notes and presentation slides.
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