Start a Program

The following resources may be helpful to you as you are starting a new afterschool program.

State Licensing/Registration


Funding and Sustainability

Learn more on Network for Youth Success’ Funding and Sustainability page.

Program Design and Quality

The research is clear that quality matters. Please plan for quality from the beginning so that students gain maximum benefits from your program.

Expanded Learning Models

These resources may be particularly helpful for schools and community organizations looking to work closely together to provide school-based afterschool programs or to implement expanded learning time.

  • School-Community Partnerships: A Guidebook on Designing an Expanded Learning Time Program was developed by Network for Youth Success to provide an outline of some of the questions and possibilities that principals and other school leaders may want to consider as they plan for implementation of expanded learning time in collaboration with a community partner. This guidebook is applicable to any program seeking to form strong school-community partnerships, especially through the use of expanded learning time.
  • Toolkit for Expanded Learning developed by the Every Hour Counts compiles the best of resources from EHC and partner organizations on building systems and developing high quality models grounded in school and community partnerships.
  • Community Schools are another form of expanded learning that incorporate wrap-around services and generally include afterschool programs. The Network for Youth Success’ Community Schools Resources may be helpful to schools and programs planning and implementing Community Schools.

Middle School Programs

These resources may be helpful for programs specifically targeting middle school youth.

Managing the Media for New Programs

  • Engaging the media as a new program can come with it’s own set of concerns. The Network for Youth Success’ tips for media visits to new programs may be helpful if reporters are visiting your program.