The Virtual Lab School empowers professionals as they build their knowledge and skills around research-based practices in child and youth care and development. This new approach to professional development and learning includes expert narratives, research-based...
STEM Ready America is a compendium from 40 authors presenting bold and persuasive evidence—as well as real-world examples of effective practices, programs, and partnerships—on how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) knowledge and skills are...
America After 3PM surveyed parents in Kansas to examine how children spend the hours between 3 and 6 p.m.—the hours after school ends and before parents typically return home from work. The report highlights the trends in afterschool program participation, documents the benefits associated with participation in afterschool programs, and measures public support for afterschool programs.
Here, advocates for high-quality afterschool programming in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will discover the most effective ways to make the case for expanding and supporting innovative and engaging afterschool...
The Afterschool Alliance offers funding tools, expert advice, and a funding database in order to help afterschool programs secure long-term sustainability.
The Wallace Foundation offers an out-of-school time cost calculator to determine the costs of a variety of options for high-quality afterschool programs.
Afterschool Evaluation 101 is a Harvard Family Research Project publication on evaluation in out-of-school time programs. The toolkit is structured in a series of nine steps to walk you through the entire evaluation process.
The Kansas Enrichment Network and the Missouri Afterschool Network jointly convened the 2014 SySTEM Strategic Planning Session to elevate STEM learning for future workforce needs.
You for Youth Click & Go’s include a mini-lesson, a podcast designed to expand knowledge, relevant tools and resources, as well as Frequently Asked Questions.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have compiled a list of characteristics that reflect the high standards that should be in place for health education curricula. It is designed to serve as a guiding structure for any health-based programs.
The Afterschool Alliance has collected some common resources including start-up guides; resources on development, management, and curriculum-building; tools for funding and sustainability; up-to-date afterschool research; and state-specific resources.
Core Competencies for Early Childhood and Youth Development Professionals is a framework that defines the standards for early childhood and youth development professionals. They set the expectations for professionals who care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, and older youth.
Quality Guidelines and Self-Assessment Tools from the Kansas Enrichment Network. Areas of focus include: Administration & Staff Activities, Programming, Curriculum, Professional Development, Relationships, and Parental Involvement.
A paper examining the impact of after school STEM programs commissioned by the Noyce Foundation.
An agenda outlining strategies to reduce dropout rates through Expanded learning opportunities (ELOs).
Afterschool Programs that Follow Evidence-Based Practices to Promote Social and Emotional Development are Effective
An article outlining the effectiveness of afterschool programs that follow evidence-based practices to promote social and emotional development.
Bringing Universities into the Mix: New Opportunities for Enhancing Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs
Combining the efforts of afterschool providers and institutions of higher education creates a wealth of opportunities for children and communities. This article features recommendations for programs seeking to expand their offerings by working with universities.
Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success
A groundbreaking compendium of studies, reports, and commentaries by more than 100 community leaders, elected officials, educators, researchers, advocates, and other prominent authors.
This brief examines Kansas State Standards, Common Core & Kansas College and Career Ready standards.
Connecting Expanded Learning Opportunities and the Common Core State Standards to Advance Student Success
This brief explores ways to strengthen expanded learning opportunities (ELOs) by building their connection to the Common Core State Standards Initiative (Common Core).
This brief examines what the Common Core means for the youth development and OST field.
Common Core Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
The Common Core Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.
The Common Core Standards for Mathematics.
The Statewide Afterschool Network offers a wide variety of resources pertaining to sustainability and financing, including budgeting, citywide systems building, financial management, financial reporting, financing plans, fiscal mapping, funding sources, network governance, and partnership building.