We are deeply committed to the power of quality after school programming for Arizona students, we encourage you to consider other tactics to help fund your program. To assist you with these strategies, we developed a Funding Guide Resource Page with varying reports and articles from the Finance Project. These reports are easily downloaded for your convenience.
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence
The C.S. Mott Foundation, in conjunction with local coalitions and funders, is currently nurturing the development of statewide afterschool networks by providing technical assistance through various grantees and seed funding to an organization or a collaborative of organizations. Arizona is currently one of 38 statewide afterschool networks funded through this partnership. http://azafterschool.org/
IDEAL Arizona’s eLearning Platform
A single access point to educational resources and information for all Arizona Educators. Access to professional development, standards based curriculum resources, collaborative tools and school improvement resources. Take a tour, visit the Home edition, explore AIMS Resources and then log in to access the full suite of resources.
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. It is supported by a group of public, private, and nonprofit organizations that share the Alliance’s vision of ensuring that all children have access to afterschool programs by 2010. www.afterschoolalliance.org
Center for Afterschool and Expanded Learning
Learning doesn’t stop when the last school bell rings. Foundations’ Center for Afterschool and Expanded Learning supports K-12 educators in making out-of-school time a dynamic time for learning and healthy development. Educators can readily apply our customized products, services, training and tools to improve their own expanded learning programs.
In addition, Foundations, the United States Department of Education and 21st Century Community Learning Centers convene the annual Beyond School Hours Conference, a major professional development event in the education world for well over a decade. www.foundationsinc.org/expanded-learning
C. S. Mott Foundation
The C.S. Mott Foundation is a partner of the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative. The 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 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. www.mott.org
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
FREE offers 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. http://www.ed.gov/free
This site 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. http://www.financeproject.org
Gateway to Educational Materials
This is a consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites. http://www.thegateway.org
General Services Administration
A website for parents, teachers, after-school providers, and children to learn about after-school resources from many different government and non-profit agencies. Specific Resources:
- Bringing Education to After-school Programs
- After-school Action Kit http://www.afterschool.gov
Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP)
HFRP’s Out-of-School Time (OST) Program Evaluation Database is a compilation of profiles written by HFRP of evaluations of OST programs and initiatives. It provides accessible information about evaluation work of both large and small OST programs to support the development of high quality evaluations and programs in the out-of-school time field. http://www.gse.harvard.edu/hfrp/projects/afterschool/evaldatabase.html
National Community Education Association (NCEA)
NCEA’s mission is to provide leadership to those who build learning communities in response to individual and community needs. It does this by providing its members with national and regional training conferences and workshops; specialized periodicals, publications, and products; opportunities for peer support and networking; and information and referral services. In addition it acts as an advocate for community education by working with related organizations and promoting at the national, state, and local levels: parent and community involvement in public education; the formation of community partnerships to address community needs; and the expansion of lifelong learning opportunities for all community residents. http://www.ncea.com/
National Institute for Out-of-School Time (NIOST)
Located at the Center for Research on Women at Wellesley College, NIOST studies issues and policy regarding children’s out-of-school time. Their website contains research and publications about quality management and curriculum for after-school programs. Specific Resources:
- After-School Issues are a series of publications produced by NIOST on core after-school issues of interest including emerging roles in the field, focus on staffing, and focus on accountability.
- 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 an Impact on Out-of-School Time is a new publication giving a comprehensive investigation to after-school care. http://www.niost.org/
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL)
SEDL and its seven partners in the National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning collaborate and work with other afterschool experts to provide models, tools, and assistance that afterschool programs need to offer high quality, research based academic content while attracting high levels of student participation. http://www.sedl.org/afterschool/
U.S. Department of Agriculture – School Meals
The Child Nutrition program of the Food and Nutrition Service provides information on the after-school snack program, including eligibility and reimbursement. http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The section on Family and Children Programs offers useful resources on health and safety. http://www.hhs.gov/children/index.shtml
U.S. Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)
The program provides expanded academic enrichment opportunities for children attending low performing schools. Tutorial services and academic enrichment activities are designed to help students meet local and state academic standards in subjects such as reading and math. The 21st CCLC programs provide youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, technology education programs, art, music and recreation programs, counseling and character education to enhance the academic component of the program. In addition, the program offers families of 21st CCLC students opportunities for literacy and related educational development. Specific Resources:
- Providing Quality After-school Learning Opportunities for America’s Families is a publication on aspects of the 21st CCLC and a description of the initial challenges and successes of the program.
- Bringing Education to After-school Programs: helps after-school providers understand how to integrate academic content (e.g., reading and mathematics) into their programs to enhance children’s learning.
- Information for Parents and Families: the Department of Education provides resources, ideas, funding, and conferences relevant to family and community involvement in education, including after-school programs, and other resources.
- Keeping Schools Open as Community Learning Centers: Extended Learning in a Safe, Drug-Free Environment Before and After-school is designed to help schools and community-based organizations begin their process of keeping neighborhood schools open for children and families.
- Safe and Smart: Making After-School Hours Work for Kids highlights research evidence on the potential of after-school programs to increase the safety of children, reduce their risk-taking, and improve learning.
- When Schools Stay Open Late: The National Evaluation of the 21st-Century Community Learning Centers Program presents the first-year findings of a large and rigorous examination of school-based after-school programs. http://www.ed.gov/21stcclc