Explore SEL

This website is designed to help navigate the complex field of Social and Emotional Learning to help schools and afterschool programs decide which skills to focus on and how to measure development of those skills. It includes a summary of SEL frameworks, its features, and the ages and settings in which framework is used. It also has a tab to compare two frameworks.

Adolescent Development

This website offers a wealth of information, resources, and state and national data sheets on a range of topics related to promoting positive youth development and helping deal with challenges that may arise such as pregnancy, mental health issues, obesity, substance abuse, relationships and dating violence, or illness. Includes links to on-line trainings, grants for teen programs, and research on teens. Designed for use by teens, parents, and professionals.

InBrief: Resilience Series

This webpage offers a variety of resources focused on building resilience in children who face adverse experiences, challenges, and/or hardships. It includes a research brief on the science of resilience, three videos that provide an overview of why resilience matters, how it develops, and how to strengthen it in children, and links to related resources including an interactive game on building community resilience.

Child Care Aware of America's Emergency Preparedness Website

This website is tracking a number of issues on emergency preparedness relevant to school-age care (SAC) providers, including a new training to prepare for an active shooter, a listserv to share leading practices and resources, mobile texting resources to connect directors with parents, and tracking of severe weather. Some trainings are offered as webinars.


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. Topics are divided into 28 categories such as after school programs, employment, bullying prevention, expectant and parenting young families, LGBT, mental health, helping youth cope after a school shooting, substance abuse prevention, and transition and aging out. This website is useful for accessing current information on youth-related news, facts, tools, and resources.

Substance Misuse: What Early Childhood Program Staff Should Know

This website provides basic information about sustance misuse and numerous links to resources on related topics. This is important information for providers to know in case there is a substance use problem among children or families served, and in case any staff may be using substances. The website provides links to resources on prescription opioids, addiction, how the opioid epidemic effects children, and strategies for talking with children about difficult issues. 

Afterschool Impacts Database

The Afterschool Alliance has developed an easy-to-use searchable database on evidence-based impacts of afterschool and summer programs. You can search for evaluations by scope (national, state, or city based); by state, by community type, by grade level, by population (e.g., girls, high poverty, English language learner); by research focus (e.g., academic, SEL, STEM, health and wellness), and by whether the research is experimental, quasi-experimental, or non-experimental.

You for Youth (Y4Y): Online Professional Learning and Technical Assistance for 21st Century Community Learning Centers

You for Youth (Y4Y) is a virtual hub for Out-of-School Time (OST) providers. This website offers free professional development courses, tips on training staff, resources and tools for designing high-quality programs, and answers to questions. Although designed for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), the resources are available to the public at no cost; the only exception is technical assistance, which is available only to state 21st CCLC coordinators, by request.

Global Family Research Project

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.

Resources for Nonprofit Financial Management

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.