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Afterschool Alliance: Working to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. Afterschool programs are critical to children and families today, yet the need for programs is far from being met
Afterschoolsystems: Every Hour Counts - Expanding learning so every student can thrive. Students today need more ways to learn so they are prepared for college and career. But the young people who most need additional learning opportunities are least likely to have them. Every Hour Counts, formerly the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems (CBASS), is a coalition of citywide organizations that increase access to quality learning opportunities, particularly for underserved students. Our approach - called an expanded-learning system - coordinates the work of service providers, public agencies, funders, and schools, so dollars stretch farther and more young people are served. The result: students with better attendance, grades, and test scores; stronger work habits; and more positive social behaviors.
American Youth Policy Forum: Bridging youth policy, practice, and research. The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization, provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels.
Center for Youth Program Quality: The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality (CYPQ) empowers education and human service leaders to adapt, implement, and scale best-in-class, research validated quality improvement systems to advance child and youth development.
Corporation for National & Community Service: Out-of-school time programs encompass a wide range of offerings for young people that take place after school, on the weekends, and during the summer and other school breaks. Important considerations for out-of-school time environments include keeping young people safe, providing opportunities for positive relationships with adults and peers, time for physical recreation and unstructured play, development of skills and exploration of interests, enhancing positive character traits, and strengthening academic and life skills.
the Forum for Youth Investment: Mission - All young people in your community can be ready by 21 – for college, work and life. Your community can give young people the supports they need – from cradle to career. Your leaders can ignite change to make that happen – through the power of collective impact.
Global Family Research Project: The Global Family Research Project is an independent, entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that supports all families and communities in helping children find success in and out of school. We create a worldwide exchange of ideas to further the understanding and implementation of anywhere, anytime learning for all.
Harvard Family Research Project: We believe that out-of-school time supports and opportunities are essential to healthy learning and development. Therefore, our out-of-school time work strives to promote quality, accessibility, and sustainability of out-of-school time (OST) programs and activities across the nation. Our OST resources support the work of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers.
National Institute on Out-of-School Time: NIOST's mission is to ensure that all children, youth, and families have access to high quality programs, activities, and opportunities. We believe that these experiences are essential to the healthy development of children and youth, who then can become effective and capable members of society.
The Wallace Foundation: Millions of urban children and teens lack access to afterschool programs that provide rich opportunities for growth, learning and fun. One possible solution is to coordinate the work of programs, government agencies, private funders and others involved in afterschool programs—that is, build an afterschool system that is greater than the sum of its parts. Key components of afterschool systems include efforts to improve program quality and collection of data to inform decision-making.
Youth Today: The OST Hub, funded, in part, by a generous grant from the Robert Bowne Foundation, embodies the Foundation’s philosophy of positive youth development, the importance of reflection and inquiry, a deep respect for youth workers as experts in their own right and of youth worker voices. In addition, the Hub reflects the Foundation's belief in the critical importance of building bridges between research and practice.