Additional Resources

Your Arizona Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers team is deeply committed to the power of quality after school programming for Arizona students. We encourage you to consider additional tactics to help support your program. To assist you with exploring strategies, see below for some other sources of information and inspiration.


Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence

The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence is dedicated to the enhancement of child and youth development and educational achievement through quality afterschool programming.


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 to see family oriented resources offered and then log in to access the full suite of resources.


Afterschool Alliance

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.


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. 


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.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)

The Federal Registry for Educational Excellence (FREE) makes it easier to find digital teaching and learning resources created and maintained by the federal government and public and private organizations.


Find Youth Info is the U.S. government Web site that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.

 Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP)

The HFRP is part of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Their Out-of-School Time (OST) research area provides accessible information to support the accessibility, quality, and sustainability of out-of-school time programs and initiatives.


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.


The SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschool

The SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschool* collaborates and works 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.

View a Two-Minute Tour of the resources available in the National Center for Quality Afterschool’s Afterschool Training Toolkit

* Formerly called Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL)


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.  Visit at


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The section on Family and Children Programs offers useful resources on health and safety.


U.S. Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)

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You for Youth (Y4Y)

The federal 21st CCLC office has established a website to support our work- You for Youth.  You can view it at the following link:

The You for Youth website offers Online Professional Development and Technical Assistance for 21st CCLC programs in the following categories:

  • Project-Based Learning
  • Aligning With The School Day
  • Strengthening Partnerships
  • Family Engagement
  • Literacy