Program Resources


You 4 Youth (Y4Y):
The U.S. Department of Education has established a website to support 21st CCLC programs. This site offers online professional development through courses, webinars, and tools, as well as Technical Assistance for many aspects of the 21st Century program. Here is a small list of some learning opportunities Y4Y provides:

  • Introduction to 21st CCLC
  • Managing Your 21st CCLC Program      
  • Family Engagement
  • Including Students with Disabilities
  • Building a Positive Organizational Culture and Climate
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Y4Y Tool Starter Set
  • Afterschool Training Toolkit

ND Afterschool Network:
Promotes access to high-quality, safe, and affordable OST programming for PreK-12 students across North Dakota. They offer several resources for OST programs, such as:

  • Curriculum, Lesson Plans, and Programming Ideas
  • Professional Development
  • STEM
  • College & Career Readiness
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Parent, School & Community Partnerships

AIR-American Institutes for Research:
Their work in the afterschool and expanded learning field supports the creation, evaluation, maintenance, and improvement of high-quality afterschool and expanded learning programs in a variety of ways that include research-based methodologies.

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.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL):
A nonprofit organization that works to advance the science and evidence-based practice of social and emotional learning.

National AfterSchool Association:
A membership association that offers a wide range of tools and downloads, hosts events to encourage networking, professional development, and advocacy for OST programs. NAA does offer a free membership that allows access to resources to support developing afterschool professionals.

Structuring Out-of-School Time to Improve Academic Achievement:
What Works Clearinghouse provides 5 recommendations to help OST stakeholders design programs that will increase learning for students. It is research-based, provides recommendations for implementing, carrying out, and how to address possible roadblocks that may arise.

What Works Clearinghouse:
What Works Clearinghouse is a central and trusted source of scientific evidence on education programs, products, practices, and policies. They focus on high-quality research to answer the question: “What Works in Education?”