There are so many resources it’s hard to keep track! Here are a few essential websites for you to know if you are starting an afterschool program:
21st Community Learning Centers
(21st CCLC): 21st
CCLC is the only federal funding stream dedicated exclusively to afterschool programs. Visit the Department of Education’s 21st
CCLC website to find all you need to know about eligibility, regulations and more. But remember – in order to apply for funding you must visit your State Education Agency’s website.
: A one-stop website connecting afterschool providers to federal resources that support children during the non-school hours.
Council on Accreditation
: Offers certification and accreditation for afterschool programs and maintains a set of quality standards for the field.
Food Research and Action Center
(FRAC): The leading national non-profit organization working to improve public policies to eradicate hunger and under-nutrition in the United States, including work to improve afterschool snack and meal opportunities.
National Afterschool Association (NAA):
A membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours. They are dedicated to development, education and care of children and youth during the non-school hours.
National Community Education Association
(NCEA): A membership organization offering national and regional trainings, peer support, networking opportunities and more. They also offer an accreditation process for afterschool programs.
National Institute on Out-of-School Time
(NIOST): An action-research institute providing a national perspective on the critical issues facing the out-of-school time field through research, education, training and program development.
National Summer Learning Association
: A network hub for thousands of summer learning program providers and stakeholders across the country, providing tools, resources, and expertise to improve program quality, generate support, and increase youth access and participation.
The After-School Corporation
(TASC): A New York-based non-profit working to change public policy and expand public funding in New York and across the nation so all kids can have high quality experiences outside of the regular school hours. They develop and promote models for afterschool, evaluate the effectiveness of programs and share findings with afterschool educators around the country.