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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BOKS Longitudinal Evaluation

Produced by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, this report provides results from a longitudinal physical activity study in five elementary schools with a particular focus on “BOKS,” a before-school physical activity program sponsored by Reebok. The study aims to examine and document social, nutritional knowledge, and physical activity outcomes associated with participation in BOKS over time.



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Afterschool Enrichment
Fall Owls for Kids

Looking for some fun fall crafts to do in your afterschool program? This Pinterest board from the National Afterschool Association contains several fall owl crafts and activities that you can do with your students.



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Afterschool Enrichment
Every Hour Counts Measurement Framework

This resource from Every Hour Counts provides a common framework for measuring youth outcomes from expanded learning programs and the program and system practices that may influence them. While still in pilot form, the revised Measurement Framework is designed to serve ultimately as a blueprint for understanding the impact of programs on youth outcomes, making improvements at the system and program levels, and influencing policy.



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Program Management
Scaling Up, Staying True: A Wallace Conference Report on Spreading Innovations in Expanded Learning

This publication from the Wallace Foundation explores how national nonprofits can provide expanded learning opportunities to as many children as possible while maintaining program quality and financial stability. The publication is based on input from Wallace grantees, researchers, experts in nonprofit strategy, communications professionals, and foundation staff.



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Program Management
Better Together: A Resource Directory for Afterschool System Builders

This directory from the American Youth Policy Forum identifies over 50 organizations offering resources and tools on afterschool system building. The directory organizes resources by research, advocacy, technical assistance and tools, and convenings.



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Program Management
America After 3PM: Afterschool Programs in Demand

Produced by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM provides a snapshot of the afterschool field. Based on a survey of nearly 14,000 parents and guardians, the report finds that some 18% of children in surveyed households took part in an afterschool program in 2014-compared with 15% in 2009. The report also finds that there remains a large unmet demand for afterschool programming.



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Program Management
From Discipline to Dialogue

The American Youth Policy Forum recently hosted a blog series that aimed to shift the conversation about youth discipline from problems to solutions. Each blog post asks a different question related to the problem of discipline disparities, all pointing to opportunities for positive relationships between teachers and students. All of the posts have been compiled in a PDF publication that can be downloaded from the American Youth Policy Forum website.



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Social-Emotional Learning
Bullying Prevention Awareness Factsheet

This resource from the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children and Families contains facts on bullying, as well as links to resources from a variety of organizations.



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Social-Emotional Learning
Why the Adolescent Brain Should Be Revered, Not Feared

This article from ExpandEd Schools by TASC summarizes some of the research on adolescent brains. It explains what happens to the brain during adolescence and what types of discipline policies, schedules, and programming work best for adolescents.



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Diverse Learners
How to Infuse Global Learning Into Out-of-School-Time Staff Training

Written by staff from the YMCA of Central Massachusetts, this blog post provides concrete suggestions on how educators can infuse global learning into out-of-school time staff training. Suggestions include focusing on top leadership when you begin training, enabling staff to make connections to the curriculum, and reviewing and evaluating each training session.



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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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