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. These resources meet three basic criteria:
- they are timely,
- they are readily available, and
- they are relatively inexpensive.
Approximately 75% of the entries are new or have been revised since the second edition was published.
Contents of the Guide
The National Center for Community Education Training Task
Force for 21st Century Community Learning Centers addresses
six interrelated areas for the successful operation of after-school
programs in its training curricula. This guide uses the same
six areas with the entries organized alphabetically within
each section. A list of the topics and information covered
in the sections follows.
ManagementIncludes resources on planning, organizing,
and coordinating after-school programs. Information is provided
to assist with strategic planning, leadership, staff development,
fiscal management, advocacy, and sustainability of the program.
CommunicationIncludes resources on communication
skills and strategies. Information on effective communication,
marketing, public relations, and events planning is provided.
ProgrammingIncludes resources on program development.
Information is provided on behavior management, curriculum,
mentoring, youth development, and parent and community involvement.
Integrating K12 and After-School ProgramsIncludes
resources on developing connections between K12 education
and after-school programs. These materials provide information
on building relationships with school personnel and on extending
learning opportunities in after-school programs.
Community Building/CollaborationIncludes resources
on partnership development and the collaborative process.
Included is information on building a sense of community,
understanding collaboration, and developing a collaborative
EvaluationIncludes resources on school accountability
and after-school program outcomes. Information on methods
of evaluation, data-collection procedures, standards, and testing is provided.
Note: In the print/PDF version of the 3rd edition of this guide, the entries are organized
alphabetically within one of two sections: (1) programming and (2) organizational
The following three appendixes at the back of the guide provide additional information:
- Appendix A - Web sites: provides relevant online resources.
- Appendix B - Title Index: lists the resources alphabetically by title (entries beginning with A and The are listed under the second word in the title).
- Appendix C - Author Index: lists alphabetically the resources by author or editor and page number.
This third edition of the A Resource Guide for Planning and Operating Afterschool Programs is as comprehensive as time and knowledge permitted. However, in this dynamic field of afterschool programming, new resources are frequently generated. Your assistance in identifying additional resources for future editions of this guide is appreciated.
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Accessing and Using the Guide
The guide is available in three formats: (1) print, (2) as a portable document (PDF), and
(3) as an online database.
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The diagram below identifies the contents of a typical entry.
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Online Database Format
A Resource Guide for Planning and Operating Afterschool Programs is also available online
as a searchable database.
Features of the Third Edition
Approximately 75% of the resources are new or revised.
This symbol identifies entries that are new to the third edition.
This symbol in the margin identifies entries that have been revised since the second edition of
A Resource Guide for Planning and Operating Afterschool Programs was published.