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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 report offers important insights into how collaboration across sectors can help state and city systems build a more skilled, sustainable workforce that better supports children and youth.
This report discusses the components of strong continuous quality improvement systems, emphasizing ways to safeguard and sustain such systems. It shares lessons learned from afterschool quality system leaders who took part in a multi-year Wallace-funded initiative for cities.
This article presents recommendations from the RAND Corporation report, "Getting to Work on Summer Learning." Specifically, it focuses on those recommendations related to the hiring and training of teachers for school district-run summer learning programs.
This website offers afterschool nonprofits a range of tools, articles, reports, and resources to develop financial skills. It includes articles, webinars, videos, and self-assessment resources on planning, operations, monitoring, and governance.
This online calculator lets you determine the costs of a variety of options for high quality afterschool and summer programs. Costs were updated in 2015 to reflect changes in the cost of living.
This website provides links to all issues of Afterschool Matters, a national, peer-reviewed journal aimed at practitioners who develop and manage youth programs, as well as researchers and policymakers. The journal is published two to three times a year; each journal is 48-60 pages. Articles on almost any topic related to school-age care are available here.
This webinar explores ways to create a framework for continuity, consistency, equity and developmentally appropriate practice between early childhood and schools. The focus is on birth to grade three and can be helpful for school-age to consider. The ideas and state examples suggest we need to align practices and polices through cross-sector relationships.
This guide describes how cities and intermediaries can work with afterschool providers across a neighborhood, city, or region to build quality. It explores how to identify a lead organization, engage stakeholders, use a continuous improvement model, and manage data systems. It includes case studies from Georgia, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and Florida.