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Afterschool Alliance
The Afterschool Alliance was launched to raise awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocate for quality, affordable programs for all children. The purpose of the Alliance is to serve as a public resource and voice for afterschool programs. The web-site includes policy ifnormation and program tools. connects people to federal resources for information on strategies to support children and youth during out-of-school hours. The site includes a searchable database of federal government funding sources; ideas on networking with others in the field; links to organizations and pulibcations that focus on youth issues. offers easy, online access to resources and information for afterschool and out-of-school time professionals. Save time by using this single entry point to get to sites that have what you're looking for.  Readily link to resource lists, organizations, agencies, a product and service directory, as well as a complete calendar of conferences and events.

The Finance Project
The Finance Project is a non-profit policy research, technical assistance, and information organization that was created to help improve outcomes for children, families, and communities nationwide. Its mission is to support decision making that produces and sustains good results for children, families, and communities by developing and disseminating information, knowledge, tools, and technical assistance for improved policies, programs, and financing strategies. See specifically, the Finance Project's "Out-of-School Time Technical Assistance Project"

The Forum for Youth Investment
The Forum for Youth Investment (formerly IYF-US)) is a national initiative dedicated to increasing the quality and quantity of youth investment and youth involvement in the United States by promoting a "big picture" approach to planning and policy development. The Forum is designed to add value to existing efforts to improve youth outcomes by finding or creating tools, vehicles and opportunities for reaching across fields and systems to bring researchers, policy makers, practitioners, media, and philanthropists together to identify common messages and agendas. The website offers various publications on youth and afterschool issues.

Harvard Family Research Project
The Harvard Family Research Project strives to increase the effectiveness of public and private organizations and communities as they promote child development, student achievement, healthy family functioning, and community development. After School @ HFRP is an initiative of the Harvard Family Research Project that works to identify areas of challenge and opportunity in the emerging after school field. It focuses especially on issues related to after school evaluation, research, and accountability. HFRP also houses an OST evaluation database. The database is a tool for evaluators who are planning an OST program evaluation, allowing them to quickly get detailed information about previous OST evalutaions by searching the database using relevant criteria.

JCPenney Afterschool
The JCPenney Afterschool Fund works with partners and providers of afterschool care to raise awareness of the need for afterschool programs and maintain and increase the number of programs available. The website offers facts, figures, news, and updates on various afterschool issues.  A nation-wide afterschool program locator can also be found on the website.

Learning Point Associates
Through its "Beyond the Bell" initiative and website, Learning Point Associates provides many resources to help a program through every stage of development from the conceptual stage to an established program looking for creative ways to improve programming or find new funding sources.

National Institute on Out-of-School Time
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time, formerly known as the School-Age Child Care Project, at the Center for Research on Women, Wellesly College, produces a wide array of research and technical sasistance papers, assessment and training tools, and publications. NIOST provides research-based training for directors and staff, school administrators, community leaders, and others committed to providing high quality afterschool programs for children and youth.

National School-Age Care Alliance (NSACA)
NSACA's mission is to build a profession that develops, supports,and promotes quality afterschool programs for children and youth. NSACA is the only national membership organization representing the entire array of public, private, and community-based providers of afterschool programs. The website offers information on public policy issues and publications on afterschool issues. It also describes NSACA's accreditation process for afterschool programs.

21st Century Community Learning Centers
The 21st Century CCLC Program is a federally funded grant program designed to create an opportunity for students and their families to continue to learn new skills and discover new abilities after the school day has ended. The focus of this program is to provide expanded academic enrichment opportunities for children attending low performing schools. the website contains infomration about this program including applicant information, laws, regulations, and guidance. In addition, the website offers resources for students, parents, teachers, adn administrators. Current Iowa grantees of the 21st CCLC Program can be found at