Resources for Afterschool & OST Programs

School and Community Partnerships

Resources to help you foster engagement with local schools and communities.

Why Afterschool Matters: The Evidence for OST

Partnerships Between Schools and Afterschools: Now More Than Ever

Afterschool and Summer Programs Are Essential for COVID-19 Recovery

Making the case for why OST represents a critical investment for schools, communities, and families, now more than ever.

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Afterschool Alliance American Rescue Plan Resource Hub

Learn more about the American Rescue Plan, which provides $500 billion that can be used specifically for afterschool and summer programs. Includes tools to help programs reach out to local education leaders.

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Indiana’s Accelerated Learning Plan

Guidance for schools from the Indiana Department of Education about how they can collaborate with community-based learning ecosystems to accelerate student learning after the pandemic.

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CRSSA: New Opportunities for Afterschool

This document provides guidance to help connect OST work to the newest COVID-19 response legislation and to maximize new and existing funding opportunities.

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How to Create Partnerships Between Schools and OST Programs

Expanded Learning Programs: Principles for Reopening & Recovery

Information on key principles which are essential for successful expanded learning

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Webinar: The Essentials of In-School/Out of School Partnerships

This recorded video discusses why School-Community Partnerships are important and what practices make them work. Featuring Todd Bess, Indiana Association of School Principles; Katie Kirley, Steel City Academy - Gary; and Heather Richard, Blue River Services.

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Indiana School and CBO Partnerships Case Studies

Stories of successful, sustainable school-community partnerships for out-of-school time in four Indiana communities, including best practices and impact on student attendance, behavior, and learning.

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Webinar: Indiana School & CBO Partnerships Forum

Recording of interactive discussion with communities highlighted in the case studies.

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Implementing a Summer Learning Program

IDOE developed this Summer Implementation Guide as a resource for Local Education Agency (LEAs) interested in creating a high-quality summer program. This guide includes overview information, specific steps for program design, and additional tools to explore.

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National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) - Training and Support

NSLA staff and expert Field Consultants are available to help partners plan, train staff, prepare and measure effectiveness for the coming summer. This includes program planning, program management, systems building, and positive youth development.

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Community Learning Hubs: Meeting Needs of Students and Families

Provides key considerations in creating community learning hubs, as well as info on robust supports needed for student recovery post-pandemic.

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Building Community Learning Hubs

Argues for leaders in cities and municipal government to support partnerships between schools and community-based organizations for supporting students during virtual learning.

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Health and Safety

CDC Suggestions for Programs and Camps

Planning tools to share ways to protect campers, staff, and communities, and slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Field Guide for Camps from the American Camp Association and YMCA

A practical guide for camp directors and staff on implementing CDC COVID safety recommendations. Updated January 2021.

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Advocating for Partnerships: Tools & Resources

Making the Case to Local Education Leaders

Use this tool to help you speak to education leaders and administrators about using COVID-19 recovery dollars to support students with OST programs.

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Sample Program Email to Families - Encourage Your Principal to Collaborate with Afterschool

Sample email encourages families to collaborate with local afterschool programs.

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Tools for Programs to Engage in Conversations About School & OST Collaboration

Tools from the Afterschool Alliance to help ensure program and school collaboration.

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Sample Program Email to Schools - Encouraging Collaboration Between In-School and Out-of-School

Sample email that encourages collaboration between schools and afterschool programs.

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