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From the Field - After School & Youth Development
August 3, 2012
The Common Core Standards: What Do They Mean for Out-of-School Time?
The expansion of the Common Core State Standards in education opens new doors for out-of-school time (OST) providers to align their work with schools. The standards ...
August 2, 2012
Start Planning For Lights On Afterschool 2012!
On October 18, more than 1 million people will gather at some 7,500 sites across the country and at U.S. military bases worldwide to rally in support of the ...
July 20, 2012
Grant Alert: Nature Explore Classroom Grants
The Mary Kay Foundation has partnered with The Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation to fund the Nature Explore Classroom Grants. Nature ...
July 20, 2012
Study Shows Chicago Counseling Program Reduces Youth Violence, Improves School Engagement
A new study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab, in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools and local nonprofits Youth Guidance and World ...
July 6, 2012
KaBoom Offers Playground Joint Use Grants
KaBOOM! will award $15,000 and $30,000 Let’s Play Joint Use Grants to support the opening of school playgrounds to the public during non-school hours. Apply and ...
July 6, 2012
Extreme Heat: Prevent and Recognize Heat-Related Illness in Kids
As record heat descends upon much of the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeing an alarming increase in heat-related illnesses. The ...
July 2, 2012
Making the Connections: A Report on the First National Survey of Out-of-School Time Intermediary Organizations
Even in a recessionary economy, out-of-school time (OST) intermediaries -- nonprofits that coordinate partnerships among schools, providers, and government -- help ...
June 29, 2012
Federal Funds for Street Outreach Program
This outreach program offers federal funds to organizations that provide street-based services to runaway, homeless and street youth who have been subjected to, or ...
June 29, 2012
Learning Still in Demand When Temperatures Rise
Summer learning programs for kids are facing growing enrollment and tighter budgets, according to a survey released on June 21 by the Afterschool Alliance ...
June 18, 2012
Expanded Learning: Partnerships with a New Twist and a New Name
In this commentary, Ellen Gannett, Director of the National Institute on Out of School Time, reflects on the history of out-of-school time and what expanded ...
June 14, 2012
Examining How Place-Based Strategies Can Bridge Gaps in Services for Families
So-called “place-based strategies” have been gaining attention for their cross-cutting approaches to delivering housing, education and health care in a ...
June 7, 2012
After-School Data: What Cities Need to Know
Data, smartly employed, can help after-school decision-makers with everything from allocating resources fairly to improving program quality. But what information is ...
June 5, 2012
The White House Council for Community Solutions: Community Solutions for Opportunity Youth
The White House Council for Community Solutions was created to engage a diverse group of prominent cross-sector leaders to connect, convene and catalyze the best ...
May 23, 2012
Grant Alert: Transitional Living Program and Maternity Group Homes
The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is accepting applications for the Transitional Living Program and for Maternity Group Homes. Trasitional Living ...
May 21, 2012
21st Century Community Learning Centers: Stable Funding for Innovation and Continuous Improvement
As the only federal funding stream that provides dedicated funds for afterschool programs, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative plays an ...
May 10, 2012
Webinar: Should Out-of-School Staff Be Trained Like Teachers?
Since many out-of-school programs face limited funding and their staff members tend to be young, part-time workers who rarely commit to the job for long, providing ...
May 4, 2012
Families and Expanded Learning Opportunities: Working Together to Support Children’s Learning
Families play an important role as the primary bridge between the multiple learning settings where their children learn and grow.
April 27, 2012
Off the Clock: What More Time Can (and Can't) Do for School Turnarounds
If less time in the classroom is a cause of poor student performance, can adding more time be the cure? This strategy underlies a major effort to fix the nation's ...
April 19, 2012
Grant: MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Award
The Afterschool Alliance and MetLife Foundation need your help identifying exemplary afterschool programs serving middle school youth to win a $10,000
April 19, 2012
Afterschool In Action: How Innovative Afterschool Programs Address Critical Issues Facing Middle School Youth
This compendium, contains a series of four Issue Briefs examining critical issues facing middle school youth, schools and communities, and the vital role afterschool ...
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