Useful Websites

Program Directories

Partnership for After School Education (PASE)
PASE is a child-focused organization that promotes and supports quality afterschool programs, particularly those serving young people from underserved communities. The link above is a directory of afterschool programs and youth services directory in New York City.

Mental Health Association of New York State (MHANYS)
MHANYS keeps a directory of programs that could be useful local organizations for afterschool providers to connect with to learn about mental health resources in their area or to be able to refer families to needed programs.

New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)
Use the OCFS search to find a SACC (School-Age Child Care) licensed program in your community.

New York State Resources and Organizations

ACT for Youth 
ACT for Youth provides an array of resources, from trainings to publications, to “mobilize New York communities for positive youth development.”

Early Care and Learning Council
The Early Care & Learning Council works to make quality, affordable child care available to New York’s families. Rooted in a statewide network of child care resource and referral agencies, the membership of the Early Care & Learning Council includes wide representation from child care providers, parents, businesses, community organizations, and other individuals.

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, New York
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, New York is an organization comprised of more than 300 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and other law enforcement leaders working to prevent students from engaging in criminal or violent behavior.  Leaders provide research and invest in programs such as early education and care, child abuse and neglect prevention, afterschool programs, and programs that help troubled students get back on track.

Hunger Solutions New York
This statewide nonprofit organization is dedicated to alleviating hunger for all New Yorkers through maximizing participation in our nation’s nutrition assistance programs. Through information, education, outreach, and advocacy with local, state, and national partners, Hunger Solutions New York promotes programs that are an essential part of the solution to alleviate hunger and bolster the nutrition of low-income families and children. Hunger Solutions New York connects you with research, resources, and best practices for sustainable approaches to alleviate hunger in your community.

New York State 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC)
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This website offers program support including: Evaluation, Monitoring, Technical Assistance and Training, Fiscal Resources, and Annual Performance Reporting (APR).

Quality Self-Assessment (QSA) Tool
The Network for Youth Success Quality Self-Assessment (QSA) Tool is an instrument used by program providers to assess the quality of and make improvements to their out-of-school time programs. This online resource complements use of the QSA Tool by providing practical strategies and examples from afterschool practitioners on best practices related to self-assessment and program improvement.

New York State Association for the Education of Young Children 
The NYS Association for the Education of Young Children’s mission is to promote excellence in early care and education services for NYS children and families through education, advocacy and the support of the profession.

New York State Learning Standards (from NYSED)
The New York State Education Department Search for learning standards and performance indicators to better align program activities with academics.

New York State School Age Child Care Regulations
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) was created to improve the integration of services for New York’s children, youth, families and vulnerable populations and to promote their development and protect them from violence, neglect, abuse and abandonment.

Out-of-School Time Resource Center (OSTRC) University of Pennsylvania
The OSTRC’s Document Library was created in collaboration with Philadelphia’s Out-of-School Time Professional Development Project. The Library features hundreds of OST-related documents sorted into multiple categories and content areas.

Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy
SCAA is a 136 year old is a statewide, nonprofit policy analysis and advocacy organization working to shape policies that improve the economic security and health status of low and moderate income New Yorkers, and help all children become capable adults.

National Resources and Organizations Program Start-up Resources
Find Youth Info, offers an extensive list of resources for professionals working with youth.

4-H Afterschool
4-H Afterschool provides a number of curriculum and other program resources for providers. is a resource center that offers a 24/7 confidential helpline, as well as an extensive list of local Mental Health Disorders meetings in every state and Counselors, Therapists, Treatment Centers, Support and Therapy Groups and Psychiatrists near you. 

Extraordinary Family Learning Destination Consortium
The Extraordinary Family Learning Destination Consortium works to improve offerings, services, and outreach to students and schools by partnering withafterschool programs, summer learning programs, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers throughout America. Visit the website above to find an organization to potentially partner with your program.

Fire Science Online
Fire Science created this guide to help interested students and professionals better understand the many public service areas of employment, including how to get started through volunteer opportunities. In fact, Fire Science has an expanded list of volunteer resources for those interested in the various public service fields.

Forum for Youth Investment
The Forum for Youth Investment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21TM: ready for college, work and life. Informed by rigorous research and practical experience, the Forum forges innovative ideas, strategies and partners to strengthen solutions for young people and those who care about them.

Learn How to Become
Learn How to Become is an open-access, expert-driven guide to non-profit career opportunities. The guidebook was created for students and young professionals seeking careers in the non-profit sector and includes a detailed rundown of specific fields, organizations, and job titles with strong connections to non-profit work.

National Afterschool Association
The National AfterSchool Association is the only national professional association for the afterschool field and has over 9,000 members and 36 state affiliate organizations.

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
NACCRRA works with more than 700 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies nationwide.

National Institute of Out-of-School Time 
For nearly 30 years, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time at Wellesley College has moved the afterschool field forward through its research, education and training, consultation, and field-building.

National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks 
The national network of statewide afterschool networks brings together established statewide afterschool networks in their collective mission to build partnerships and policies that are committed to the development and sustainability of quality afterschool programs. These partnerships are focused on actively engaging key decision-makers in support of school-based/school-linked afterschool programs, particularly in underserved communities.

Public/Private Ventures – Youth Publications
Public/Private Ventures is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of social policies, programs and community initiatives, especially as they affect youth and young adults. In carrying out this mission, P/PV works with philanthropies, the public and business sectors, and nonprofit organizations.

The Recovery Village – Teen Addiction
Find facts about teen drug use, abuse, and treatment.

The Wallace Foundation 
The Wallace Foundation is a national philanthropy that seeks to improve education and enrichment for disadvantaged children. The foundation has an unusual approach: funding projects to test innovative ideas for solving important social problems, conducting research to find out what works and what doesn’t and to fill key knowledge gaps – and then communicating the results to help others.

Advocacy Resources and Organizations (National, State and Local)

Afterschool Alliance (National) 
The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children.

Neighborhood Family Services Coalition (Local)
Working primarily in New York City, NFSC is a group of service providers and advocacy organizations that is committed to the provision of quality services for children, youth and families at the neighborhood level.

Winning Beginning New York (State)
Winning Beginning NY is a statewide coalition working to inform policy makers and the public about the many benefits of early care and learning including home visiting, child care and Pre-K. The coalition aims to build a broad-based constituency to make investment in quality early care and learning a top public priority in New York State.

Fundraising and Sustainability

Afterschool Alliance Funding Database and Tools

The Foundation Center
This site includes resources on building relationships with funders, prospect research, and grant writing.

ExpandED Schools Funding Opportunities Database
The Youth Funders Database provides the youth services community with the latest public and private funding information, including ongoing funding sources, as well as time sensitive RFPs.

Wallace Foundation Resources for Nonprofit Financial Management
This website provides helpful tools across four areas of strong financial management.

Additional Resources for New York State

Association of New York State Youth Bureaus:

Children’s Aid Society:

Cornell Cooperative Extension:

Early Care & Learning Council :

ExpandED Schools:

New York City Department of Education:

New York City Department of Youth and Community Development:

New York State Center for School Safety:

New York State Statewide 21st CCLC Technical Assistance Center:

NYS Council on Children and Families:

YMCAs of New York State:

Additional Resources (National)

4H Afterschool:

ACT for Youth:


Children’s Defense Fund:

Coalition for Community Schools:

Fight Crime, Invest in Kids:

Forum for Youth Investment:

National Association for Family Child Care:

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies:

National Network for Child Care:

National School Board Association:

The Afterschool Alliance:

The Innovation Center:

Youth Development Information Center: