Resources for Afterschool & OST Programs

Summer Programming

Isn’t everyone looking forward to summer this year? It certainly feels like brighter days are ahead. We’ve compiled a list of summer programming resources that will help you keep kids learning, safe, and healthy.

Featured Resources

Summer Administration

Summer Learning Recruitment Guide

Getting kids to sign up for voluntary summer learning programs isn't easy. In this guide from the Wallace Foundation, you'll learn from five school districts how to launch a summer learning recruitment effort.

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Summer Learning: A Bridge to Student Success and America's Recovery

A long-term, comprehensive, and sustainable framework for planning, collaborating, and executing evidence-based practices and partnerships for high-quality summer experiences.

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Planning for Impactful Summer Learning

Research and best practices on how to make positive impact and engage young people, including references to key program elements, focus areas, partnerships and engaging designs.

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National AfterSchool Association's (NAA) Summer Catalog

NAA's guide on resources, summer products, and discounts from NAA advocate members and valued partners.

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Building Community Learning Hubs

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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Indiana Quality Program Self-Assessment

A free, online strengths-based self-assessment tool that enables youth programs to rate their performance based on the Indiana Afterschool Standards and Specialty Standards.

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You for Youth Summer Learning

Strategies, tools, and resources for every step of summer - from building a program team to intentionally designing activities and implementing a continuous improvement process.

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Youth for Youth Summer Learning Initiative

The U.S. DOE's 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program launched the Summer Learning Initiative in 2016. The Initiative supports students' academic growth and development during the summer months.

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Indiana Department of Education: Afterschool and Summer Learning Summer Implementation Guide

Resource for Local Education Agency interested in creating a high-quality summer program. This guide includes overview information, specific steps for program design, and additional resources to explore.

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Summer Training

Indiana Academy for Out of School Learning

IAN's online professional development system specifically designed for afterschool professionals.

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IN Academy Summer Learning Paths

Outlines specific courses in the Indiana Academy for Out of School Learning that will build a foundation of essential skills for your summer team - from Site Coordinators to Youth Specialists to Program Assistants!

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Summer Solutions Leadership Series

Recordings from the National Summer Learning Association's Summer Solutions Leadership Series, including sessions on emerging program practices, along with policy and research shaping the out-of-school time field.

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American Camp Association's Professional Development Center

Self-directed learning experiences designed for professionals working in camps, afterschool programs, parks and recreation, and other summer learning settings.

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National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) - Training and Support

NSLA staff and their roster of expert Field Consultants are available to help partners plan, train staff, prepare, and measure effectiveness for the coming summer.

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National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) - Summer Bootcamp Series

Strategies to accelerate learning, build critical partnerships, and plan successful programs with evidence-based practices relevant to any scenario of summer plans emerging this season.

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Summer Activities

My Afterschool Locker

IAN’s one-stop-shop of online resources that strengthen program quality, including lesson plans, engagement ideas, and connections to Indiana organizations and individuals in the field of out-of-school time.

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Social and Emotional Learning Toolkit

Activities, templates, and tools organized around supporting staff and youth in SEL. While primarily directed toward those working with youth in middle school, these activities can be used with other age groups as well.

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PBS Learning Media: Summer Learning

This collection of videos and activities encourages students in grades PreK-12 to spend the summer asking questions, spinning stories, and exploring all the ways that learning can be fun.

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Games for Social Emotional Learning

A new guide with more than 150 games that will help kids practice social and emotional skills. Find games by skill, grade level, time and space available, and more.

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Summer Activity Guide

A suite of fun activities designed for an atypical summer or school year.

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Social-Emotional Check-ins for Distance Learning

Social-emotional check-in activities designed for K-12 students. These can be especially helpful in keeping the focus on relationships and social-emotional learning in times of distance learning.

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IDOE's Continuous Learning Challenges

Weekly activities and challenges specifically designed without technology in mind.

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Summer Family Resources

IAN Family Engagement Standards

These standards provide guidance for afterschool programs on how to improve support, increase family engagement, provide professional development, and monitor the effectiveness engagement efforts.

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Family Engagement Playbook

Approaches, tools, and models that you can use to help understand the concept of co-creation and get better at implementing it with your team.

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National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) - Parent Toolkit

A variety of evidence-based tools and links to help kids and families learning throughout the summer and when schools are closed.

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Summer During COVID-19

IDOE's Accelerated Learning Plan

Guidance to support families, schools, and communities seeking to implement the unprecedented relief funds now available. Focuses on how schools can develop a community ecosystem of support and address educational inequities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic to ensure equitable access for all moving forward.

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CDC Suggestions for Youth 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

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

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CRSSA: New Opportunities for Afterschool

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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Afterschool is Essential for COVID-19 Recovery

Information on how investment in afterschool and summer learning programs is essential to our state's recovery from COVID-19.

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Afterschool and Summer COVID-19 Response: Helping to Meet Indiana's Students' Learning Needs

Info on OST's response to meeting the needs of youth during COVID-19 and the benefits of partnership with programs.

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Expanding Learning and Supports for All Students

Learn how OST programs are uniquely positioned to help students catch up and accelerate their learning with the academic, social, and emotional supports needed for a robust recovery.

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IDOE's ESSER Funding Info Site

Provides guidance to school districts on allowable uses of ESSER funds and how they can assist with district priorities.

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A Summer for Learning & Recovery

Fact sheet summarizing benefits and research on summer programs, that explains how they help accelerate learning and meet kids’ needs. Emphasizes messaging about equity and highlights role programs play in addressing hunger.

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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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Additional Summer Resources

Summer Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

​​​​​​​​A research review from the Wallace Foundation, which looks at summer programs that meet the most rigorous evidence standards of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

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Afterschool Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

​​​​​​​​A research review from the Wallace Foundation, which looks at afterschool programs that meet the most rigorous evidence standards of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

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