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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Examining the Impact of Afterschool STEM Programs

This report from the Afterschool Alliance summarizes evaluation data from a selection of strong afterschool STEM programs, providing a snapshot of the types of substantive impacts afterschool programs are having on youth. The report also presents some of the research findings about the importance of afterschool and other out-of-school experiences for STEM learning. (Downloads as PDF.)



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Academic Enrichment
Engaging Families to Advance Healthy Out-of-School Time Activities

“Building Social Support with Families: Practical Ideas and Tips,” a resource from the National AfterSchool Association, outlines ways that afterschool programs can engage families in promoting healthy out-of-school time environments for children. Suggestions include making sure snacks and meals are not only healthy but also culturally sensitive and inclusive and inviting family members to volunteer to coach sports or lead other physical education activities.



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Family and Community Engagement
Collective Impact: Stronger Results with Community-Based Organizations

Produced by StriveTogether and ExpandEDSchool by TASC, this paper describes the ways that youth-serving community-based organizations can help prepare young people for success in school and life. It provides a framework for building a cradle-to-career infrastructure to support community partners and recommends ways for communities to build increasingly effective relationships among community-based organizations and other partners.



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Family and Community Engagement
Game-Design Learning and Problem-Solving Skills

Published in Computers & Education, this article provides research findings for afterschool practitioners who are interested in providing game-design activities in their programs. The authors evaluated the impact of an initiative called the Game-Design Learning program on students’ problem-solving skills. In this quasi-experimental study, the authors found that, compared to students in a control group who did not attend the program, the children who attended the Game-Design Learning program showed a significant increase in their problem-solving skills.



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Technology
First in the Family

First in the Family is a website that provides practical advice and lessons learned by high school seniors and high school graduates who have made it to college. The website includes videos and planning checklists for students who are preparing to apply to and attend college, as well as resources for advisors and parents. The website is project of What Can Kids Do, a nonprofit committee that supports college access and success for low-income students.



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College and Career Readiness
Career Pathways for Illinois Students

Produced by the Illinois Pathways Initiative, Illinois Career Clusters, Pathways, and Programs of Study Guide aims to help educators and other stakeholders improve college- and career-oriented pathway programs that guide students to adult education and employment. The publication includes background information on the Illinois Pathways Initiative and the National Career Cluster Initiative, information about growing opportunities in STEM careers in Illinois and the United States, and extensive resources.



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College and Career Readiness
Journal of Expanded-Learning Opportunities

The Central Valley Afterschool Foundation has published its inaugural issue of the Journal of Expanded-Learning Opportunities. Although the organization is based in the Central Valley of California, this new peer-reviewed journal discusses expanded-learning research and programs throughout the nation. The Spring 2014 issue explores researcher and practitioner dialogue, intentional communities, and family engagement.



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Program Management
Toolkit for Expanded Learning

This latest publication from the Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project provides resources for city agencies, school districts, intermediaries, and other organizations interested in implementing or strengthening city-wide expanded learning opportunities; as well as state agencies and Statewide Afterschool Networks designing multi-city initiatives. The toolkit groups resources in the following categories: Building Strong Systems, Engaging Today’s Students, and Expanded Learning Models.



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Program Management
Building Supportive Relationships in Afterschool

Positive relationships with school-day personnel, families, community members, and between and among program staff and students help afterschool programs thrive. The latest issue of SEDL Insights explores how afterschool practitioners can build strong relationships that benefit all stakeholders.



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Program Management
Addressing the Opportunity Gap

High-quality afterschool programs reach only a small percentage of children and teens today. In this video from the Wallace Foundation, national experts discuss what cities can do to close this gap and boost quality and participation in dynamic out-of-school-time programs.



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Program Management

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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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