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NAA Professional Development page
NIOST Professional Development page
AIR Professional Development page 
4-H Afterschool
National AfterSchool Association Core Competencies for After School Trainers (PDF)
National AfterSchool Association Code of Ethics (PDF)

Program Design

CT After School Quality Self Assessment Tool (PDF)
History of After School (Video)
A Resource Guide for Planning and Operating Afterschool Programs, 3rd Ed. (PDF)

Program Policies

ABC…123: Starting your Afterschool Program (PDF)
Smart-E San Carlos example
Heathcote PTA example
Washington Family Center Parents Manual example (doc)

Research & Publications

The Value of High Quality After School Programs Fact Sheet (PDF)
Connecticut After School Fact Sheet (PDF)
The Achievement Gap is Real (PDF)
Afterschool Programs that Follow Evidence-Based Practices to Promote Social and Emotional Development Are Effective (Durlak & Weissberg, 2013) (PDF)
Infographic: High Quality Afterschool Programs Accelerate Student Achievement (PDF)
Expanding Minds and Opportunities Compendium (Peterson, 2013)
ExtendED Notes (Formerly known as School Age Notes)
A New Day For Learning (PDF)
Creating Quality School-Age Child Care Space (PDF)
Child Care and Early Education Research Connections
Harvard Family Research Project
National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST)
Bringing Universities into the Mix: New Opportunities for Enhancing Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs (PDF)
Building a Culture of Attendance: Schools and Afterschool Programs Together Can and Should Make a Difference! (PDF)
Topical Research and Resources (Vermont Afterschool)
THINK Together Alignment Research (PDF)
RAND Out of School Time website
CDC Out of School Time website

Resource Library

Connecticut After School Network Member Resource Library Catalog (PDF)

School-Community Partnerships

Data Quality Campaign’s Data + OST Partnership = Success Infographic
Communities In Schools
National Network of Partnership Schools
Connecting School and Afterschool: 15 Ways to Improve Partnership (PDF)
Wallace Foundation’s Strengthening Partnerships (PDF)

Service Learning

Kids Care
National Youth Leadership Council
Learning by Doing: Students Take Greening to the Community, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (PDF)
Service learning articles from
Example from Rhode Island

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)Starting a New Program

Beyond the Bell Toolkit (American Institutes for Research)
Afterschool Alliance
How to Start a Neighborhood After-School Program (PDF)
Beyond the Bell Toolkit (American Institutes for Research)

Standards & Quality ToolsSTEM – Science, Technology, Engineering & MathSummer Learning