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Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Learning Partners & Resources


School’s Out Washington is an intermediary organization dedicated to building community systems to support quality afterschool and youth development (AYD) programs for Washington's 5-18-year-olds through training, advocacy, and leadership. Through a range of training and professional development services, we promote quality standards and offer opportunities for AYD program providers to develop skills, receive support, and network with peers. We disseminate research on the benefits of programs and mobilize children's advocates to take action on issues impacting the AYD field. Our grant programs support quality programs in a variety of ways. We also facilitate communication among AYD professionals, schools, law enforcement officials, policymakers, civic leaders, foundations, and other partners to establish accountability and a system of support for Washington's young people.


Research from the University of Arkansas shows that field trips to cultural institutions produce notable benefits for students, particularly those from less-advantaged backgrounds. Students from rural areas and high-poverty schools, as well as minority students, typically show gains that are two to three times larger than the average gains for all students in critical thinking, historical empathy, tolerance, and becoming art consumers.

Washington Alliance for Bilingual Education
Does your site have significant numbers of English Language Learners? You might be interested in attending the WABE Conference (What’s academic language got to do with it?), April 19-20 in Yakima.

Afterschool Alliance
The Afterschool Alliance is the only organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments. The Afterschool Alliance works with the Administration, the U.S. Congress, governors, mayors, and advocates across the country.

You For Youth // About Y4Y (ed.gov) You for Youth (Y4Y) focuses on learning for every staff member at every level of a 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, and for every young person you work with. Research tells us that students who attend high-quality afterschool programs are likely to do better in school, make positive choices about their health and well-being, and show improved communication and social skills with peers and adults.

Child Nutrition
Child Nutrition assists school districts and other program sponsors in providing quality nutrition programs that promote life-long healthful living while providing nutritious meals each day that prepare children for learning.

Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR)
Title 34, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Parts 74-86 and 97-99, December 2008 edition

National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST)
For nearly 30 years NIOST at Wellesley College has moved the afterschool field forward through its research, education and training, consultation, and field-building. Much of NIOST's work has encompassed projects of national scope and influence, several representing “firsts” for the field and many focusing on building out-of-school time systems.

Resources On Afterschool
Resources On Afterschool is an online tool featuring selected resources in the areas of research and evaluation, promising practices, professional development, public awareness and communications, policy, and financing in afterschool.

Forum for Youth Investment
The Forum for Youth Investment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan "action tank" dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21: ready for college, work, and life. Informed by rigorous research and practical experience, the Forum forges innovative ideas, strategies, and partners to strengthen solutions for young people and those who care about them. A trusted resource for policymakers, advocates, researchers, and program professionals, the Forum provides youth and adult leaders with the information, connections, and tools they need to create greater opportunities and outcomes for young people.

SEDL is a private, nonprofit education research, development, and dissemination (RD&D) corporation that specializes in afterschool programming.

The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
The core mission of the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality is to position the point of service quality as a powerful public idea that drives the out-of-school time field towards higher levels of understanding, expectation, and action about the quality of experiences available to youth.

Harvard Family Research Project
HFRP focuses on three areas that support children's learning and development: early childhood education, out-of-school time programming, and family and community support in education. Underpinning all of their work is a commitment to evaluation for strategic decision-making, learning, and accountability. They have a particular interest in complementary learning, which is the idea that a systemic approach, which integrates school and nonschool supports, can better ensure that all children have the skills they need to succeed.

National Summer Learning Association
The National Summer Learning Association serves as a network hub for thousands of summer learning program providers and stakeholders across the country, providing tools, resources, and expertise to improve program quality, generate support, and increase youth access and participation. They offer professional development, quality assessment and evaluation, best practices dissemination and collaboration, and other resources.

Learning Points
Grantee data will be reported annually via the 21st CCLC Information Collections System (PPICS), an online performance reporting system developed.

U.S. Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers
This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.