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Americans for the Arts YouthARTS
This website gives detailed information on how to plan, run, provide training and evaluate arts programs for at-risk youth.

This PBS website includes sections on lesson plans, activities, books and resources for parents and teachers, as well as resources for children.

Coming Up Taller
This website offers information about Coming Up Taller Awards, Humanities Programs, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, National Book Festival, The National Endowment for the Humanities and The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Make Beliefs Comix!
This website provides resources for teachers and allows students to create their own three-panel comic strips in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Latin.

Nebraska Arts Council
This website of the Nebraska Arts Council, whose mission is to promote, cultivate and sustain the arts for the people of Nebraska, provides grants and services to artists, organizations and communities.

SEDL Afterschool Training Toolkit (Arts)
This toolkit addresses dance, music, theater and visual arts and includes sections on arts practices, support materials, key terms and a literature review.

Songs for Teaching- Using Music to Promote Learning
This website offers multicultural instrument building instructions for families.

General Programming


Afterschool Alliance Lights On
Afterschool Alliance promotes the celebration of Lights On each October and offers highlights from previous events as well as ideas and resources to plan future events. 

PBS offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. On-line broadband access and digital media are dramatically changing the opportunities available to the nation’s educators. Our recent national educator survey (Grunwald, 2009) indicates that more teachers than ever before are turning to digital media resources to help their students understand concepts, practice new skills and engage in exciting, authentic learning experiences.

SEDL Afterschool Training Toolkit
This website offers research-based practices, sample lessons, video examples and resources in the areas of literacy, math, science, arts, technology and homework to support academic enrichment in afterschool.

You for Youth
This website, developed by the U.S. Department of Education, will help you connect and share resources with your colleagues, provide professional development and technical assistance opportunities, and offer tools for improving your afterschool program practices.

You for Youth: Aligning to the School Day
This website, developed by the U.S. Department of Education, will help you connect and share resources with your colleagues, provide professional development and technical assistance opportunities, and offer tools for improving your afterschool program practices.

Aligning School Day and Afterschool

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Afterschool Training Toolkit
Developed by SEDL, National Center for Quality Afterschool, this website is a collection of research-based practices, sample lessons, video examples, and resources to support academic enrichment in afterschool.

Beyond the Bell: A Toolkit for Creating Effective Afterschool Programs
Beyond the Bell is a suite of products designed by Learning Point Associates to help afterschool directors sustain high-quality, effective afterschool programs. The suite provides resources and training for afterschool staff that are practical, easy-to-use, and grounded in research and experience.

Building and Managing Quality Afterschool Programs
This guide is intended to share the insights of SEDL’s National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning (the National Partnership) as well as information about both the academic and the organizational and management practices that successful afterschool programs use. This tool is a structured way to organize and manage the implementation of any new or enhanced afterschool practice.
See Linking to the School Day, pages 36-39.

Social Emotional Learning

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The mission of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is to help make evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) an integral part of education at all grade levels.

EASEL Lab, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out
May 2, 2017
A practical resource for schools and out-of-school time providers that looks inside and across 25 leading SEL programs.


Environment, Safety & Wellness of Students

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Positive Guidance and Discipline for After School Programs
This resource for professional development covers why students misbehave, assessing the environment, strategies, scenarios, opportunity for processing, preventing misbehavior and evaluation feedback.

Research Based Recommendations To Improve Child Nutrition in School and Out-of-School Time Programs
This brief discusses healthy diets in elementary and middle school, summarizes current guidelines for child nutrition, and provides information for schools and out-of-school time programs about how to measure child nutrition.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Seasonal flu information for schools and childcare providers includes everyday preventative actions, school-located vaccination information, guidance materials, school materials and posters.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Handwashing
Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. This website provides information about when to wash hands and the right way to wash hands.

Fifth Grade Teachers Try a New Style at Hampton Roads Academy in Newport News
This article describes how team fifth grade teachers implemented a hemispheric style of teaching, encouraging students to use and develop both sides of the brain.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
Coping with Violence
Online resources for parents, teachers, and others working with young children about coping with violence and talking to young children about tragedies they learn about in the media.

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
The Child Care Licensing Index provides links to types of licenses, parent information, general information about child care licensing and helpful resources for child care programs. 

School/Community Collaboration

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Insights on Expanded Learning Time. Connections: Schools, Parents and Communities
This article provides ideas for connecting with schools, families, communities and tips for building relationships with families and organizations.

Meaningful Linkages Between Summer Programs, Schools, and Community Partnership: Conditions and Strategies for Success
This report examines the features of high-quality summer learning programs including meaningful linkages with school and community, offerings and youth outcomes.


Foundations for a Brighter Future
This website includes resources for supporting the expanded day and community learning including activities, tips, blogs, articles, reports, newsletters and webinars.

Corporation for National & Community Service
Out of School Time Resources
This webpage links to several resources focused on strengthening partnerships.


Family Partnerships

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100 Ways To Help Your Child and School Succeed
This brochure provides 100 ideas for parents to get involved with their child’s education.

Family and Community Involvement in Math: Math Partnerships= Student Success
This sampler shares examples of family and community involvement in math for family nights, workshops, math volunteers, celebration of math skills and other creative partnerships.

Family and Community Involvement in Reading: Making Partnerships Part of the Story
This sampler shares activities for family and community involvement in reading and writing for family nights, workshops, volunteer activities and other creative partnerships.

Parent-Teacher Conference Tip Sheet
This document provides tip sheets for principals, teachers and parents to improve attendance and effectiveness of parent-teacher conferences.

Partnering with Parents and Families To Support Immigrant and Refugee Children at School
This brief covers how model programs address mental health needs of children from immigrant and refugee families.


Harvard Family Research Project
Family Involvement (promoting strategies to support family involvement in children’s learning and development) is one of several research areas of the Harvard Family Research Project website, which offers publications and resources.

National Council of Teachers of English
How to Help Your Child Become a Better Writer
This position statement offers suggestions for helping a child become a better writer, both at home and at school.

Project-Based Learning: Resources for Parents
Students learn important content through Project Based Learning (PBL) by investigating questions, generating original ideas, and working collaboratively to produce products that demonstrate what they have learned. Visit this site to learn four ways to get involved in your child’s PBL learning experience.

SEDL offers online resources, letter articles, media releases, and webinars related to Family and Community, among other areas of expertise.

U.S. Department of Education
Empowering Parents School Box includes three booklets (What Parents Need to Know, Taking a Closer Look, Learning Checklists) and printable resources (brochure, poster, bookmark, and door hanger) to support student academic achievement.

You for Youth: Family Involvement
This website, developed by the U.S. Department of Education, will help you connect and share resources with your colleagues, provide professional development and technical assistance opportunities, and offer tools for improving your afterschool program practices.


Do Math: Family Mathematics Webinar
Deb Romanek, Director of Mathematics Education, Nebraska Department of Education
Take a closer look at the Family Math book available from your 21st CCLC afterschool program library. Experience activities from the resource using everyday materials. Several models of hosting a family math event were shared. Learn how to get the entire family involved in doing math together.
Materials needed: Paper clip, pencil or pen, print copy of handouts.
Family Math (pdf)
Do Math (pdf)

School-Family Communication and Collaboration at Liberty Elementary in Omaha, NE
Luisa Palomo, Liberty Elementary 2012 Nebraska Teacher of the Year, Josh Gillman, Liberty 21st CCLC Site Coordinator, and Cecilia Di Masi (“Coach D”), Liberty School Counselor, share information about Liberty Elementary School in Omaha and the strategies they use to enhance collaboration and communication between students, before and after school staff, school day staff, and families.
Green Study Skills Liberty Elem OPS (pdf)

For your viewing convenience, this webinar is posted in four segments:

Section One:
Background Information about Liberty Elementary (3 minutes)

Section Two:
Overview of the Liberty Study Skills Program and the Green Assignment Notebook used for Communication (3 minutes)

Section Three:
Overview of the Liberty Completely Kids Before and After School Program (3 minutes)

Section Four:
Partnerships and Collaboration across the School Day, the Before and After School Program, and Liberty Families (28 minutes)



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Afterschool: The Challenges of Recruiting and Retaining Older Youth
This Afterschool Alliance brief addresses recruiting and retaining older youth in afterschool programs.

School Connectedness: Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth
This Healthy Schools Healthy Youth publication provides six strategies that teachers, administrators, other school staff, and parents can implement to increase the extent to which students feel connected to school.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website is dedicated to school connectedness and offers a strategy guide, fact sheets and staff development tools.

Edutopia Resources for Social and Emotional Learning
Studies show that sustained and well-integrated social and emotional learning (SEL) engages students and improves achievement. Explore this collection of video case studies Edutopia has produced shared through MSPnet.

You for Youth: Strengthening Partnerships
This website, developed by the U.S. Department of Education, will help you connect and share resources with your colleagues, provide professional development and technical assistance opportunities, and offer tools for improving your afterschool program practices.


Positive Youth Development (Part 1 – 30 minutes)
Michelle Krehbiel, UNL Extension 4-H Youth Development,
This webinar defines and give a basic overview of positive youth development (PYD). PYD theories such as the Developmental Assets and the 4-H Essential Elements are discussed and practical applications of PYD are presented to assist staff in implementing PYD in afterschool programming.

Youth as Resources (Part 2- 30 minutes)
Michelle Krehbiel, UNL Extension 4-H Youth Development
Youth can be an under used resource in afterschool programs. This webinar discusses the importance and benefits of youth/adult partnerships and provides examples of how to implement youth/adult partnerships in afterschool programming.


Statewide Organizations

Partner SpotlightFeatured partners have demonstrated a commitment to working with Nebraska afterschool program leaders and staff to identify ways to accomplish mutual program goals. Contact the featured partners to explore the possibilities for bringing unique and engaging learning opportunities to K-12 students.

National Organizations

Afterschool Alliance
The Afterschool Alliance works to ensure that all youth have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. Their mission is to engage the public in order to increase public and private investment in quality afterschool program initiatives at the national, state, and local levels.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
The mission of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is to support efforts that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society.

NASA Summer of Innovation
This new NASA project is designed to improve the skills and enhance the engagement of American students in STEM. The goal of the program is to advance excellence in summer and extended learning for underrepresented and underserved middle school students to inspire them toward future STEM pursuits.

National 4-H Council
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, reaching more than 7 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities. Fueled by university-backed curriculum, 4-H’ers engage in hands-on learning activities in the areas of science, healthy living, and food security.

National AfterSchool Association
The National AfterSchool Association is the leading voice of the afterschool profession dedicated to the development, education and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a public voice of mathematics education supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development and research.

National Science Teachers Association
Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the National Science Teachers Association is a member-driven organization, 60,000-strong. They publish books and journals for science teachers from kindergarten through college, hold conferences on science education, and provide ways for science teachers to connect with one another.

The Noyce Foundation has undertaken several major initiatives to support high quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming in out-of-school time (OST). These initiatives are impacting millions of youth, including a high percentage from populations underrepresented in STEM fields.

SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschool
The SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschool helps state education agencies and local practitioners develop high-quality, balanced programs that provide a safe and fun environment for academic enrichment as well as youth development activities. Their goal is to enhance the ability of afterschool programs to support student achievement by helping them embed high-quality academic content in engaging activities that attract and retain student participation.


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Afterschool Nutritional Toolkit
This guide was assembled under a grant to Hunger Free Heartland through the
National League of Cities and the Food Research and Action Center

Afterschool providers can play a critical role in eradicating childhood hunger.  This toolkit was designed to help such programs to provide nutritious snacks and meals.  In particular, it aims to make federal funding more accessible, and to promote best practices and sustainable program designs.  This toolkit and other materials from the Afterschool Nutrition Education Summit have been posted on My21stCCLC under Content>Project Director Resources.

Breaking the Mold, Combining Community Schools with Expanded Learning Time to Help Educationally Disadvantaged Students
This Center for American Progress report examines three schools that have implemented the combined community school model and an expanded school calendar.

Practices to Foster in Out-of-School Time Programs
This Child Trends publication identifies ten practices that can foster positive outcomes for participants in out of school time programs.

Nebraska School-Age and Youth Development Core Competencies
These voluntary Core Competencies represent the combined efforts of educators and youth development professionals from across Nebraska to define the skills, qualities, and abilities that youth development professionals need to know and be able to do to provide quality out-of-school time services for youth and their families.

Shining a Light on Supervision: Lessons from the Beacons
This issue from The Forum For Youth Investment addresses supervision: guidance, feedback and knowledge provided to staff, particularly those working at the point of service, in order to achieve better outcomes for youth.

The Rural Solution. How Rural Schools Can Invigorate Rural Education
This Center for American Progress publication combines data from the literature and other public sources, interviews, site visits, and the organizational experience of The Rural School and Community Trust in an examination of community schools from a rural perspective.


Afterschool Alliance
This website provides research, publications and resources related to afterschool programs.

American Institutes for Research
This website offers research, publications and resources related to afterschool programs.

Beyond the Bake Sale
This website offers resources for building collaborative family-school-community partnerships.

Corporation for National & Community Service
This website provides resources, effective practices, lending library and links related to out of school time.

SEDL Afterschool and Expanded Learning
This website provides information on research, evaluation, professional development and resources related to afterschool programs.



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