Program start-up guides

Get off to a strong start

You want to create an afterschool program, but where do you start? These resources will help you get going by walking you through the basic steps of planning and establishing your afterschool program.

Resource Guide for Planning and Operating Afterschool Programs: This SEDL toolkit provides a description of resources to support 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool programs. Many of the entries also apply to before-school, summer, and community learning center programs.

Utah Afterschool Network’s Start A Program Guide: This toolkit was created by the Utah Department of Workforce Services in collaboration with the Utah State University Extension 4-H. It is a useful resource for afterschool providers who are located in rural areas.

Pathways to Developing Afterschool Programs in Rural Areas: This development guide was created by the Tennessee Afterschool Network in partnership with the Center for Social Impact and the United Way of the Ocoee Region. This resource has critical information on developing afterschool programs in rural communities, touching on issues such as generating community buy-in, building a staff, finding a location, and more.

Build Your Own After-School Program: This student-focused guide from Action for Healthy Kids gives youth the tools to create an afterschool program that will offer a space for students to get physically active as an alternative to competitive sports.