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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

Out-of-School Time Resources

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


Education Northwest: Afterschool/Out-of-School Time Resources
Education Northwest provides several tools that can be used to assist administrators in evaluating the effectiveness of afterschool programs.

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 Department of Children and Families
This site provides information about safe practices to ensure the well-being of youth and their families.

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.

Out-of-School Time Resource Center at the University of Pennsylvania
The OSTRC is committed to facilitating the development of effective out-of-school time programs.

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

Center for Youth Program Quality (CYPQ)
The Weikart Center at the CYPQ encourages afterschool programs to implement innovative strategies. The Center provides research about which new practices are the most effective and how new practices can be successfully implemented.

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)

National Network of Statewide After-School Networks
The National Network of Statewide After-School Networks is funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation. This National Network helps to link the various state-run afterschool networks, while providing resources for these networks to develop high-quality afterschool programs.

National Summer Learning Association
The National Summer Learning Association is an organization that seeks to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn in a safe and healthy environment during the summer months. This organization connects summer learning program providers throughout the U.S.

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.

The Wallace Foundation
The Wallace Foundation is a charitable organization whose goal is to improve educational opportunities for low-income and disadvantaged students throughout the U.S. The Foundation provides grants to organizations to implement innovative programs and to conduct research on the effectiveness of different educational practices.

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.

The YouforYouth website is run by the U.S. Department of Education. This website creates a network of 21st Century Community Learning Center program coordinators. These professionals use this site to share experiences and to find additional tools, tips, webinars, and resources.

Financing & Sustainability

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
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:

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

AfterSchool Alliance: Full List of Afterschool Issue Briefs
The Afterschool Alliance publishes afterschool issue briefs that describe the effectiveness and success of afterschool programs.

Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP): Out-of-School-Time Publications & Resources
The HFRP organizes a database of publications and resources that discuss how afterschool programs can engage both families and the community.

Partnerships for 21st Century Skills: Civic Literacy
Partnerships for 21st Century Skills provides a list of helpful resources on its website. These resources include: Online Learning Haven and The Common Good: Civics and Citizenship Education. These resources contain sample civic education lesson plans and activities that can be used in after school programs.

The Expanded Learning & Afterschool Project: Expanding Minds and Opportunities Compendium
The Compendium contains over 100 downloadable studies, reports, and commentaries discussing effective practices that should be applied in out-of-school time programs.


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:

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.