The following resources may be helpful to you as you are starting a new afterschool program.
To see if your program is required to register as School-Age Child Care (SACC) with the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). Information on the SACC regulations and registration process can be found on the OCFS website. To find out if you need to be registered or more about the regulations, click here, and also check the OCFS website.
Please note that all questions regarding SACC regulations and registration should be addressed to your OCFS Regional Office.
The Adolescent Development Toolkit by ACT for Youth is a compilation of resources that describe adolescent development, including a section specifically for youth programs.
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.
A 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.
Supporting Success in the Middle Grades, a toolkit created by Foundations Inc. and presented at the 2014 PASE@PACE Conference, may guide program practices and policies by responding to the specific needs and behaviors of middle school students.
NOMINATE SOMEONE GREAT! Do you know someone working in our field that deserves to be recognized for all their hard work? Someone who goes above and beyond advocating for the field? A program that is doing innovative things? If so, read the criteria below and nominate them for an award that best suits their excellence. Winners will be celebrated at our Annual Conference this coming spring. Nomination deadline is December 1, 2023 The awards available are:The Quality Leadership AwardThe Exemplary Award of ProfessionalismThe Program Award of Excellence and InnovationThe Champion AwardThe Regional Network Leader Award Nominate someone here: ... See MoreSee Less
Join us in celebrating Computer Science Week from December 4-12! Look at @codeorg to learn how to extend the Hour of Code beyond school hours. After-school programs can participate in this initiative by adding their location to the global map. You can also explore the wide range of events worldwide by visiting bit.ly/3ugp2zr. ... See MoreSee Less
STEM Activities for Families: Family engagement is a key factor in developing a positive STEM identity and success in STEM. These easy-to-implement, hands-on activities can be shared with families. The activities focus on engineering, technology, and math skills and content. ... See MoreSee Less
Looking for fun and engaging activities for your program? Check out this NASA inspired activities ready to be implemented tomorrow! The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: A collection of fun and easy activities for ages 4-18 that cover a broad spectrum—everything from designing devices to addressing climate change to coding. ... See MoreSee Less
Looking for fun and engaging activities for your program? Check out this NASA inspired activities ready to be implemented tomorrow! STEM Lessons From Space: Mathematics: A collection of math and engineering activities, videos, and resources with a focus on the International Space Station. ... See MoreSee Less
Looking for fun and engaging activities for your program? Check out this NASA inspired activities ready to be implemented tomorrow! Welcome to Space Math @ NASA: A collection of math videos, books, and activities that are sorted by grade level, science topic, NASA missions, and engineering topics. All activities are based on NASA Mission and projects. ... See MoreSee Less
Looking for fun and engaging activities for your program? Check out this NASA inspired activities ready to be implemented tomorrow! Hands-On Math: Fraction Math Trees: This fun, hands-on, kinesthetic and visual approach to learning about fractions produces “math art”. ... See MoreSee Less