How to Start an Out-of-School Time Program

Overview

How to Start an Out-of-School Time Program

There are over 4,400 publicly funded expanded learning programs throughout the state of California that serve nearly 430,000 children and youth. In addition, there are thousands of privately run expanded learning programs throughout the state. The California AfterSchool Network’s mission is to provide expanded learning program practitioners, advocates, and community members with the resources and tools necessary to build high quality expanded learning programs in California. This short guide (below) is intented to be a brief overview of public and private expanded learning programs in California. 

State or Federally Funded Expanded Learning Programs in California 
Includes after school, summer, and year-round programs such as:

  • Afterschool Safety and Education and Safety (ASES)
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) 
  • After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs)

Other Expanded Learning Programs in California
Includes community based organizations, family run, private organizations, etc.                

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Additional Resources for Program Start-Up

The Afterschool Alliance
The Afterschool Alliance works to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. Visit the Afterschool Alliance Start-Up page for an abundance of resources, tools, and tips for starting an afterschool program in your community.

Beyond the Bell Toolkit
Beyond the Bell – A Toolkit for Creating Effective Afterschool and Expanded Learning Programs is a practical and easy-to-use guide to afterschool programming that, contains great information for program leaders who want to start or improve an afterschool and expanded leaning program. 

Impact Afterschool Start-Up Guide 2012
The Iowa Afterschool Alliance has created the Impact Afterschool Start-Up Guide to help equip practitioners with strategies and tools to get up to speed faster and achieve more, sooner. Use this as a blueprint for creating your action plan and assist you during the start-up phase of program implementation.

SEDL Start-Up Guide
This third edition of A Resource Guide for Planning and Operating Afterschool Programs provides a description of resources to support 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool programs. Many of the entries will also apply to before-school, summer, and community learning center programs. 

Afterschool Roadmap
The California AfterSchool Network has created at the Afterschool Roadmap to help you navigate the complex after school landscape in California. Utilize this document as you begin your journey, and don’t forget to review the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California!

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Getting it Right: Strategies for After-School Success

This report synthesizes the last 10 years of findings from Public/Private Ventures and other researchers’ work to address one of the most demanding challenges facing today’s after-school programs-how to create and manage programs that stand the best chance of producing specific, policy-relevant outcomes. It examines recruitment strategies that attract young people to activities, the qualities that make activities engaging and motivate participants to attend regularly, and the infrastructure-staffing, management and monitoring-needed to support such activities.

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21st CCLC and ASSETs Informational Webinar

The Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) of the California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce the release of two webinars to provide additional support and resource tools for applicants applying for 21st Century Elementary/Middle Schools and 21st Century ASSETs funding. Access the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st  CCLC) Elementary/Middle webinar here. Access the After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) webinar here. A login or registration to view the webinar is not required. Closed captioning is available.