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New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Support Services 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Out-of-School Time Resources
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Out-of-School Time Resources

Evaluation
New Jersey and Regional Organizations
National Organizations
Financing and Sustainability
Federal Resources
Resources and Reports
Character Education

Evaluation

Harvard Family Research Project
The Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP), at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, builds on its expertise in evaluation and knowledge development to improve evaluation work and promote greater conversation and knowledge-sharing about evaluation among practitioners, policymakers, funders, researchers, and evaluators in the after-school field. HFRP supports the development of quality information and capacity-building tools that will improve research and evaluation work and use of information in the field, especially at the local level.

Specific Resources:

Federal Funding in Out-of-School Time with Accountability Requirements and Evaluations is a map of the after-school field and detailed federal funding streams for after-school programs. In addition, related programming is provided alongside their accountability requirements and evaluations.

Out-of-School Time Evaluation Database offers systematic investigation of the overall picture of evaluation work in the field of out-of-school time and a systematic way to investigate how different programs approach the evaluation task in order to support development of the field and its programs.

Out-of-School Time Issues of the Evaluation Exchange: quarterly newsletter highlighting issues in the out-of-school time arena and featuring articles by out-of-school time evaluators, researchers, and practitioners.

United Way – Outcomes Measurement Resources Network
The Resource Network offers information, downloadable documents, and links to resources related to the identification and measurement of program- and community-level outcomes.

NJ & Regional Organizations

New Jersey Department of Education

Specific Resources:

21st Century Community Learning Centers Programs (21st CCLC)

Character Education

Office of Grants Management

New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition
The mission of the New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition (NJSACC) is to promote the development and support the development, continuity and expansion of quality programs for children and youth during out-of-school time.

The After-School Corporation
A nonprofit organization, established by the Open Society Institute in April 1998 to enhance the quality, availability, and sustainability of after school programs in New York City

Specific Resources:

After-School Programs: An Analysis of Need, Current Research, and Public Opinion (1999). This paper summarized literature on the need of and benefits of after-school programs. The review process involved a search of education, social work, criminal justice and psychological abstracts since 1993.

National Organizations

Coalition of Community Schools
The Coalition for Community Schools works toward improving education and helping students learn and grow while supporting and strengthening their families and communities. Community schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities -- before, during and after school, seven days a week.

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
A 501(c)(3) non-profit with extensive information that can assist after-school programs in accessing the child nutrition programs, and is able to provide in-depth technical support to the states and grantees.

National Governor’s Association
The National Governor’s Association has a Center for Best Practices with information on schools and after-school programs, among many other things.

Specific Resources:

Extra Learning Opportunities, a web-based publication on giving information regarding best practices and recent activities in after-school programs.

EXTRA: Quarterly publication used to disseminate information on after-school issues and practices

National Institute for Out-of-School Time (NIOST)
NIOST, at the Center for Research on Women at Wellesley College, has successfully brought national attention to the importance of children’s out-of-school time, influenced policy, increased standards and professional recognition, and spearheaded community action aimed at improving the availability, quality and viability of programs serving children and youth.

Specific Resources:

How Afterschool Programs Can Most Effectively Promote Positive Youth Development as a Support to Academic Achievement (Publication)

Literacy: Exploring Strategies to Enhance Learning in Out-of-School Time (1999) explores, through research, different ways that after-school programs can support children’s literacy development.

Making the Case: A Fact Sheet on Children and Youth in Out-of-School Time (Publication)

The Ohio State University Extension, Center for Action on Coalition Development
Ohio State University Extension is broadly recognized throughout the state as a premier educational network. It is a dynamic organization strengthening individuals, families and communities in partnership with the Federal Extension System.

Specific Resources:

Building Coalitions Fact Sheet. This fact sheet series developed by the Ohio Center for Action on Coalitions, is organized to assist individuals in understanding of the terms and some reasons for building coalitions.

Search Institute
Search Institute is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities.

Specific Resource:

Developmental Assets: At the heart of the institute's work is the framework of 40 developmental assets, which are positive experiences and personal qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.

The RAND Studies: an annual independent evaluation of Foundations’ after-school programs’ impact on participants’ academic skills.

School-Age Notes
Catalog of resources for before and after school programs and summer programs for ages 5 – 14.

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) is a private, not-for-profit education research and development (R&D) corporation based in Austin, Texas. SEDL works with educators, parents, community members, and policymakers to build or find strategies and tools addressing pressing educational problems. Then, SEDL works with them to put the strategies into practice so they can improve education for all students.

Specific Resources:

Resource Guide for Planning and Operation After-School Programs: This document includes a description of resources to support after-school programs for school-aged children. Also included are resources for before-school, summer programs and community learning centers. These resources are timely, readily available and inexpensive.

Financing & Sustainability

GrantsAlert
To make life a little easier for those who devote their time to searching for education grants and identifying new funding opportunities for their organizations, schools, districts, consortia and state education agencies.

The Finance Project
This website is part of a series of technical assistance resources on financing and sustaining out-of-school time and community school initiatives developed by The Finance Project, with support from the DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund.

Specific Resources:

The Child Care Partnership Project is an initiative to develop and disseminate technical assistance materials on public-private partnerships for childcare, as well as to provide direct assistance to the state child-care administrators on how to create and sustain effective partnerships.

Out-of-School-Time Project provides technical assistance on financing and sustainability of after-school programs.

Starting Points is an initiative to provide and develop a series of publications and technical assistance materials designed to promote young children’s readiness for school.

Using Title I to Support Out-of-School Time and Community Initiatives (January 2002, Vol. 2. No. 4): a strategy brief about using Title I funds.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Focuses their education efforts on assisting low-income children achieve in school and gain access to higher education.

Carnegie Corporation
Mission is to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. The three educational initiatives are advancing literacy, urban school reform and higher education.

C. S. Mott Foundation
A leading partner in the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, the C. S. Mott Foundation is a private philanthropy that awards grants, in four program areas, in the United States and selected regions internationally.

Specific Resources:

Learning Together: The Developing Field of School-Community Issues, a report chronicling the ideas, approaches, and strategies employed by 20 school-community initiatives across the United States.

Making After-School Count (Numerous Volumes): a publication on the important issues of after-school care.

Philosophy, Programs, and Procedures: Pathways Out of Poverty provides guidelines and application procedures for the Pathways Out of Poverty program that provides funding for improved education.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Is dedicated exclusively to improving academic achievement for the region’s underserved communities. The Foundation provides grants and technical assistance to programs that concentrate on academic enrichment, college planning, advising, preparation and retention support for low-income, under-served students in grades 5 through 14, and adult learners. They also sponsor research projects and conferences that examine critical issues in education.

William T. Grant Foundation’s
The goal of the William T. Grant Foundation is to help create a society that values young people and enables them to reach their full potential. The Foundation supports programs that focus on Youth Services and Capacity Building. The Youth Service Grants initiative is to support local programs for young people (8-25 years of age) in the Tri-State area of Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation funds programs that actively engage young people and enable them to reach their full potential.

Federal Resources

Afterschool.gov
Connecting people to federal resources that support children and youth during out-of-school time hours.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
Resources for teaching and learning from 30 federal agencies with search tools and a bulletin board for teachers and federal agencies to communicate about potential collaboration on new teaching and learning resources.

U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Child Nutrition program of the Food and Nutrition Service provides information on the after-school snack program, including eligibility and reimbursement.

U.S. Department of Education
The Department presents information about national education issues, publications, education statistics, and information about its different offices and programs. For more about after-school programs, visit 21st Century Community Learning Centers at: http://www.ed.gov/21stcclc.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The section on Health and Human Child Care Programs, including the Child Care Development Fund, offer useful resources.

Specific Resources:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): list other federal grant opportunities within department

U.S. Department of Justice
This site provides information for children and youth on crime prevention, staying safe, volunteer and community service opportunities, and the criminal justice system.

Resources and Reports

After-School Programs that Promote Child and Adolescent Development: Summary of a Workshop (2000)
Committee on Community-Level Programs for Youth, Jennifer Appleton Gootman, Editor, Board on Children, Youth, and Families, National Research Council, Institute of Medicine.

Community Programs to Promote Youth Development (2002)
Committee on Community-Level Programs for Youth, Jacquelynne Eccles and Jennifer Appleton Gootman, Editors, Board on Children, Youth, and Families, National Research Council and Institute of Medicine.

Beckett, M., Hawken A., Jacknowitz A. (2001)
Accountability for After-School Care: Devising Standards and Measuring Adherence to Them. Rand Corporation.

REPORTS

Poll: Working Moms Worried About Kids' Safety After School
A new nationwide survey by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids shows that 87 percent of working mothers say the hours after school are when they are most concerned about their children's safety. For more information and to see the complete report, go to: www.fightcrime.org.

Afterschool Summit Summary Report - This report summarizes the meeting hosted by the US Department of Education in June 2003. The summit brought together program evaluators, program and policy experts, educators and government officials for the purpose of discussing ways to measure and improve the quality of afterschool programs. Participants were asked to identify performance and evaluation measures that would effectively capture program impact on student success and the program elements that must be present to achieve these indicators. The report captures these conversations and constitutes the early stages of a conversation around the type of program level data that might be collected to document positive outcomes for students. The full report is available at: http://www.publicengagement.com/afterschoolsummit/Summit%20Report.pdf

Character Education

The New Jersey Character Education Partnership
The purpose of this initiative is to assist public school educators to adopt validated character education programs that will meet the developmental needs of students throughout New Jersey by promoting pro-social student behaviors and creating a caring, disciplined school climate conducive to learning. The website has programs and resources from across the country.

Character Education Partnership
The Character Education Partnership (CEP) is a nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to developing moral character and civic virtue in our nation's youth as one means of creating a more compassionate and responsible society

The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning
Promotes coordinated, evidence-based social, emotional, and academic learning as an essential part of education from preschool though high school.