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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Better Together: Leveraging Partnerships for Afterschool Systems
Have you considered partnering with other youth-serving systems in your community to better serve the youth population in your afterschool program? This blog post by the American Youth Policy Forum highlights possible partnerships, the benefits to building a community of support, and examples of partnerships that have already been forged. These partnerships help support youth—whether through STEM-related activities, simply getting youth outdoors, or creating opportunities for youth employment—by building on the strengths of each organization.

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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
Boosting Student Attendance: The Power of Positive Connections
Common sense and research suggest that students are more likely to attend school when they feel connected to caring adults or fellow students who notice whether they show up and can help them overcome challenges to attendance. The Power of Positive Connections, a resource from Attendance Works, outlines a strategy that educators can use to identify the students and families most at risk and helps them build positive relationships that promote regular attendance.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of America STEM Great Think
In May 2014, Boys & Girls Clubs of America convened leaders from higher education, corporations, and nonprofit organizations to participate in their STEM Great Think. This leadership forum sought to combine innovation and creativity with STEM in the out-of-school time environment. The resulting white paper addresses ways that out-of-school time providers can close the opportunity gap in STEM education.

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Academic Enrichment
Branding Tips
Successful afterschool recruitment and outreach depends on crafting compelling stories that motivate people to support your program. This blog post from Afterschool Alliance has suggestions for developing an afterschool brand that engages and inspires stakeholders. Suggestions include identifying your program’s unique character, working with partners to share communications resources, and highlighting your program’s impact.

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Building a Robust Afterschool System: Lessons and Opportunities
Over the last decade, there has been a shift in the way many cities are approaching out-of-school time, moving from independent, isolated programming and funding to coordinated, citywide systems. This American Youth Policy Forum webinar recording provides an overview of the cornerstone elements of an afterschool system and showcases the system-building work in three communities and their approaches to developing citywide afterschool systems. The webinar also explores opportunities for sustainability and several emerging issues.

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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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Building Workforce Skills in Afterschool
Because they provide a wide range of experiences and learning opportunities, expanded learning programs can help bridge the gap between students’ skills and employers’ needs. This issue brief from the Afterschool Alliance outlines the foundational skills and competencies that the workforce needs today and is expected to need in the future. The brief also provides strategies and examples of how afterschool programs can help students develop these skills.

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College and Career Readiness
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
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

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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’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’s notes and presentation slides.
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