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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 article explores the challenges and potential of school-afterschool partnerships. Based on interviews with school administrators, afterschool leaders, and front-line staff in three schools, the findings reveal both disconnections and opportunities for fuller communication and collaboration.
This website offers resources on a range topics related to healthy youth development, with the goal of helping users create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs.
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.
The Global Family Research Project is an independent, entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that supports all families and communities through connecting research, policy and practice, and fostering collaboration among child- and family-serving organizations. The organization works with early childhood programs, schools, afterschool programs, digital media, libraries, museums and others.
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 website is focused on how to build sustainable systems that raise quality, alignment, and efficiency within the early childhood field. It provides theory (e.g., frameworks and research-based models) along with guidance on how to translate theory into action (e.g., state examples and resources).
This article outlines the dual importance of building the capacity of educators and of families who have successful family engagement. There are links to other valuable resources.