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North Carolina Organizations/Agencies:

North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP) - NC CAP was created to bring together our state’s afterschool providers, community leaders and policy makers to build a network that addresses the afterschool program issues of quality, accessibility, and sustainable funding. NC CAP envisions that the result of this collective work will make access to quality afterschool a reality for all children and youth.  http://www.nccap.net/

21st Century Community Learning Centers – Administered by the North Carolina Public School System, the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant funds are to assist schools, local education agencies (LEAs), and faith-or community-based organizations to provide before school, afterschool, and summer services through the establishment of 21st Century Community Learning Center programs (21 st CCLCs).


SERVE - The SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, under the leadership of Dr. Ludwig David van Broekhuizen, is a university-based education organization with the mission to promote and support the continuous improvement of educational opportunities for all learners in the Southeast.  http://www.serve.org/


National Organizations/Agencies:

The Afterschool Alliance - The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children.  http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/ 

4-H Afterschool - 4-H Afterschool offers extensive resources to help train staff, implement sound youth development practices, create new after-school programs, and strengthen existing programs.  http://www.4-hafterschool.org/

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) - To connect research and practice, SEDL partners with educators, administrators, parents, and policymakers to conduct research and development projects that result in strategies and resources to improve teaching and learning. SEDL also helps partners and clients bridge the gap between research and practice with professional development, technical assistance, and information services tailored to meet their needs.  http://www.sedl.org/

National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) - The National Institute on Out-of-School Time 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. http://www.niost.org/

Promising Practices In Afterschool (PPAS) - The Afterschool.org website is for afterschool program directors who want to improve the quality of their programs. All sorts of other people will find it useful, too--people like program staff, volunteers, parents, community members, policymakers, funders, researchers, and anyone else who cares about children.  As part of the website, Promising Practices in Afterschool (or "PPAS") is an effort to find and share things that are working in afterschool programs. http://www.afterschool.org/

National Afterschool Association (NAA) - It is our mission to be the leading voice of the afterschool profession dedicated to the development, education and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours. http://www.naaweb.org/

Foundations Inc. - Foundations is an organization that provides professional development, training, technical assistance, assessment tools, and publications to build the quality of educational experiences for low-income children and youth nationwide.  With services addressing both in-school and out-of-school time, Foundations works with schools, school districts, community organizations, and afterschool networks to help children succeed in school and beyond.  http://www.foundationsinc.org/

Afterschool Investments Project -To support State efforts to provide quality afterschool opportunities, the Child Care Bureau awarded a technical assistance contract on out-of-school time to The Finance Project and their partner, The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. The Afterschool Investments project provides technical assistance to Child Care and Development Fund grantees and other State and local leaders supporting afterschool efforts.   http://nccic.acf.hhs.gov/afterschool/

Harvard Family Research Project - Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) strives to promote more effective educational practices, programs, and policies for disadvantaged children and youth by generating, publishing, and disseminating our and others’ research. www.gse.harvard.edu/hfrp/

The Finance Project – The Finance Project is a specialized non-profit research, consulting, technical assistance and training firm for public and private sector leaders nationwide.  We help leaders make smart investment decisions, develop sound financing strategies, and build solid partnerships that benefit children, families and communities. http://www.financeproject.org/ 

Council On Accreditation (COA) – The national organization that works in collaboration with NAA (National Afterschool Association) that is responsible for accreditation, certification, and registration of school age programs. www.coaafterschool.org

National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks - An online tool created by the Collaborative Communications Group and funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation focused on the core components of afterschool and expanded learning opportunities—engaged learning, school-community partnerships and family involvement.  Use this website to learn about how the national network accomplishes this important work, access valuable resources on afterschool and expanded learning and reach out to your statewide afterschool network.  http://www.statewideafterschoolnetworks.net/


Curriculum & Activity Resources:

PBS Kids – Parent and teacher resource for child development from birth to school age.  Also includes interactive literacy and math games for children. http://pbskids.org/

ExtendEDNotes - ExtendEDNotes is a publisher and retailer of books, videos, DVDs, music CDs and other resources for after-school professionals and after-school programs and summer programs geared to school-age children. Science and math enrichment, literacy, curriculum planning, staff training, discipline, summer programs, arts and crafts, fitness, games, cooking, drama, multicultural activities and many more topics are covered in resources available for order.  http://www.extendednotes.com

Kid Activities - The website www.KidActivities.net (formerly After-School-Care.com) is dedicated to school-age care professionals-as well as being a resource for pre-school thru high school educators, parents, and program directors.  This service-based website is a rich supply for curriculum planning. It has more than 245 categories loaded with activities to enrich your school-age and pre-k experience - along with tips, articles, training topics, inspiration and valuable reader input.