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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Data Use in Afterschool Systems

Developing and maintaining a data system is one way afterschool programs can ensure they provide high-quality programming. This research brief shares findings from a study commissioned by the Wallace Foundation on the interplay between technology, processes, and people. Findings from the initial two years of research focus on how programs in nine cities developed their capacity to use data to strengthen their afterschool programs.



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Program Management
Meeting the Unmet Demand for Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs

The federal 21st CCLC program provides key funding for afterschool programs. When other sources of funding become necessary, do you know where to look to augment your 21st CCLC grant? This blog post by American Youth Policy Forum provides a list of ways providers may wish to seek additional funding for programming. In using this list as a guide, 21st CCLC grantees will want to make sure that they are supplementing, and not supplanting, programming. Contact your ISBE grant consultant to ensure any additional funds procured are used within the boundaries of your grant.



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Sustainability
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation: grade-level reading by the end of third grade. This collaborative effort by nonprofit, business, government, and community partners strives to ensure more children in low-income families are prepared for college, career, and active citizenship. The Campaign’s website offers recommendations and resources to help mobilize communities to remove barriers, expand opportunities, and assist parents to become full partners in their children's success.



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College and Career Readiness
STEM Educators Academy Research Brief

This research brief from ExpandedED Schools reports on the promising findings of their STEM Educators Academy, where classroom teachers and afterschool educators came together to learn at leading science institutions and then returned to their campuses to teach STEM-related projects that would spark interest and curiosity in math and science. The key findings offer both challenges and recommendations for those working to immerse youth in enriching STEM education. These include the need to provide additional support to help teachers and community educators incorporate opportunities for reflection and relevance in STEM learning and support in using planning time effectively.



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Academic Enrichment
PBS LearningMedia Election Central

PBS Education has developed an educational guide for the 2016 elections, with tools, resources, and creative strategies to help students understand the political process in this election year. This interactive tool can turn the news of the political race for president into learning opportunities.



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Academic Enrichment
Libraries as Afterschool Partners

The National Afterschool Association presents Talk Tuesday as a resource for afterschool professionals to host relevant discussions with colleagues, staff, and community partners around topics that are engaging and important to your program. This particular discussion guide provides a brief article along with the discussion questions around the topic of how libraries can partner with afterschool providers to support youth in your community.



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Afterschool Enrichment
Emotional Intelligence: How It Interfaces With SEL

In children we know it as SEL or social-emotional learning, and in adults we call it emotional intelligence. As community providers, understanding how to help youth develop their SEL skills can also help develop leadership and emotional intelligence skills later in life. This 13-minute video presentation was produced as part of Margo Herman's Leading with Emotional Intelligence Fellowship Project with the National AfterSchool Association to help afterschool practitioners better understand how Emotional Intelligence interfaces with SEL.



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Social-Emotional Learning
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
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5 Best Practices for Youth in Foster Care Post-ESSA

The American Youth Policy Forum describes here five important ways that foster youth can be supported, practices that were spotlighted in the June release of the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This article is a valuable tool to those working with youth within the school system or as outside community support. The collaboration that can be fostered by having a common language around these supports can be invaluable to our youth within the foster care and juvenile justice systems.



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Diverse Learners
Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Community Organizations and Leaders

This Fact Sheet presented by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides practical ways in which community support providers can help families in their own community during a major economic crisis. The step-by-step guide shows community organizations how to help create a sense of safety, calm the nerves of citizens who feel angry or hopeless, build up self-efficacy and community efficacy, promote connectedness, and foster hope. Providers can help to build up their struggling community so that everyone benefits.



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Diverse Learners

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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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