- 21st Century Community Learning Centers - The 21st CCLC initiative is the only federal funding source dedicated exclusively to afterschool programs. This resource provides information about the funding history, programs, and outcomes of the 21st CCLC.
- Achieve.org - Achieve works alongside states to raise graduation requirements and overall academic standards and was integral in the development of the Common Core State Standards. The following resources can be used to educate and inform your United Way, an OST coalition, families in your local community, and business leaders about the truth behind Common Core.
- Mathematics Fact Sheet
- English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects Fact Sheet
- K-2 Grade-Band Guide
- 3-5 Grade-Band Guide
- 6-8 Grade-Band Guide
- 9-12 Grade-Band Guide
- Business Center for a College- and Career-Ready America
Resources specifically for parents and families are available here.
- Afterschool and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization - The reauthorization of ESEA (and formerly No Child Left Behind) provides afterschool advocates an opportunity to influence the legislation that authorizes several significant funding streams for afterschool, before school, and summer learning programs. Get the details and find out how you can help on this page.
- Afterschool in Rural Communities - Rural communities face many unique challenges when it comes to caring for their children. From transportation issues to lack of community resources to hunger, afterschool programs are uniquely positioned to meet the needs of young people in rural communities, offering a safe, enriching place, meals and caring adults.
- Afterschool as an Election Issue - Whether you have five minutes to give or five months - this section provides the tools you need to help raise the profile of afterschool during an election season.
- American Youth Policy Forum YouTube Channel - Video clips of AYPF events, interviews and more.
- Current Federal Afterschool Legislation - In addition to highlights on all House and Senate bills currently under consideration that include an afterschool element, this web page provides links to full bill text, summaries, and bill co-sponsorship information.
- Forum For Thought Blog - The Forum for Thought blog is operated by the American Youth Policy Forum, and highlights diverse points of view and information from the intersection of policy, practice and research.
- Investing to Improve the Well-Being of Vulnerable Youth and Young Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practice - Youth Transitions Funders Group. This publication provides a framework for understanding the well-being of vulnerable youth and highlights the roles families, communities, and public systems can take to promote young people's well-being. It offers recommendations for youth system leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders to improve policy and practice to support a successful transition to adulthood for vulnerable youth.
- Reaching Policy Makers - This page is a toolbox where you can find all you need to know to advocate for afterschool programs to policy makers.
- STEM and Afterschool - 80% of future jobs will require STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) literacy and skills. This page provides the latest in STEM afterschool policy, resources, allies and more.
- The Common Core Standards: What Do They Mean for Out-of-School Time? - Forum for Youth Investment, July 2012. Policy commentary, highlighting specific responses of some out-of-school programs to the Common Core standards.
- The Intersection of Afterschool and Competency-based Learning: Emerging Trends, Policy Considerations, and Questions for the Future - American Youth Policy Forum, January 2016. Afterschool and competency-based learning are increasingly emerging as student-centered, supportive learning models to prepare students for college and career. This white paper explores the intersection and relationship between these two fields, recommends ideal policy environments for implementing successful programs, provides real-world examples, and shines a spotlight on emerging trends for the future.
HEALTH, NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY POLICY
Active Hours Afterschool - Afterschool programs are well-positioned to be key partners in a comprehensive effort to fight childhood obesity and work towards lifelong health for our youth.
Afterschool & Health: Opportunities for Advocacy - This site provides an overview of the Local Wellness Policy requirement and outlines steps that afterschool advocates can take to get involved in the policy process and become partners in their communities' efforts to promote healthy lifestyles among youth.
Bipartisan Summer Meals Act Introduced in Senate to Help Close Hunger Gap - The legislation would significantly improve the reach of the Summer Nutrition Programs so more children can access healthy meals in supportive summer learning and afterschool programs.
New Afterschool Report Released at Congressional Staff Briefing - New data, an update on the out-of-school time Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards, compelling afterschool program profiles and a nutritious lunch were all highlighted in a briefing for Congressional staff on March 10 on Capitol Hill.
- Afterschool Alliance - The Afterschool Alliance is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. This site has a wealth of resources about afterschool issues, research, advocacy and more.
- Afterschool Issue Overview - Afterschool Alliance, 2013. An overview of issues related to afterschool: funding, public opinion, and outcomes of high-quality programs.
- Afterschool STEM HUB - A site where advocates for high-quality afterschool programming in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will find useful tools to make the case for expanding and supporting innovative and engaging informal STEM learning.
- Hours of Opportunity - Rand Education, commissioned by The Wallace Foundation, 2010. This 3-volume report helps understand the promise and challenges of citywide coordination of afterschool programs with other institutions like schools, parks, and other community organizations.
- Out-of-School Time Issue Brief - United Way Worldwide, 2012. This report from the global United Way organization details what afterschool is, why it’s important, and recommendations for supporting it within communities. It incorporates voices from various United Way directors across America and lessons learned from on-the-ground workers.
- STEM Afterschool: It’s Time to Activate! - A messaging toolkit to make the case for STEM in afterschool. Developed by the Frameworks Institute in partnership with the Afterschool STEM Hub.
- The National Assessment Landscape: What Does High-quality Look Like? - A primer to help state policymakers better understand the role of tests, the characteristics of assessments, and the current assessment landscape.
- Toolkit for Expanding Learning - The Expanding Learning & Afterschool Project, 2013. A toolkit for those looking to strengthen the foundations of afterschool programs in their communities.
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YOU CAN HELP!
Please contact Members of Congress to encourage them to continue afterschool funding under ESEA (the Elementary and Secondary Education Act).
Visit Afterschool Alliance to find talking points and to send a message to your representatives.