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During this webinar, authors from the book, Changemakers! Practitioners Advance Access and Equity in Out-of-School Time, share how they have adapted their practices to continue to support youth, families, and staff during the pandemic.
The Afterschool Alliance has collected a number of resources for online learning activities that can be helpful to families or those providing essential services. This webpage includes links to sites such as National Geographic, Scholastic Learn at Home, and Khan Academy. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
Coaching is one of the most effective ways to support staff and to improve program quality. With its focus on relationships, strengths-based practices, communication, and coaching strategies like reflective practice and building leadership capacity, this guide could be very helpful for leaders of programs in any stage of development.
This issue brief highlights the challenges English language learners (ELLs) face in developing literacy proficiency and articulates how afterschool programs can play a central role in providing the supports to help ELL students thrive in school, work, and life.
This blog is the second part in a series on prevention and responding to substance use and trauma in Alaska. It describes a collaborative effort and training on trauma-engaged response.
This journal article documents one OST director’s journey through the process of becoming credentialed. It explores fears and challenges and what she—and her program participants, families, and staff—ultimately gained from the process. This story can bring a personal experience to life for state system planners creating or supporting a school-age credential.
This issue brief provides a succinct overview of social emotional learning and why afterschool is a perfect place to focus on this and to achieve positive developmental outcomes. It includes examples of curriculum and activities for afterschool programs from SC, NC, GA, NH, and NY.
This article defines parent engagement and why it benefits children, families, and afterschool programs. It provides 15 examples of promising practices. Sample outreach materials and parent surveys are included. This resource supports resilience.
This research brief summarizes a study of the impact of a before-school physical activity program. The children have physical activities and receive nutrition information in a program that has expanded to 2,200 schools in 4 states. The research found that as a result of involvement, family perceptions and habits on physical activities and nutrition have shifted.
This journal article describes how Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) can be used as an effective means for staff development with out-of-school time (OST) providers. Based on a research project involving six experienced facilitators, it offers a framework, potential formats, and tips on how to structure PLCs to meet the needs of OST staff and programs.