After School Organizations, Associations and Agencies

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Policy and Advocacy

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Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization working with community partners to raise the bar on after school program quality. Get information on policy, events, funding, and advocacy. Learn about successful after school programs, and how to get one started in your community.

California AfterSchool Network helps to chart the course for California’s after-school programs by providing information and resources, including fact sheets, regional support, current legislation, and cutting edge research for program development and improvement.

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CalSAC, The California School-Age Consortium, has a long history of providing free, on-site, customized training for afterschool providers through their statewide network of trainers.

The League of California Afterschool Providers (LCAP) supports After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program and 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grantees to inform policies and administrative decisions. LCAP provides legal updates and resources for the after school field.

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Partnership for Children and Youth is a non-profit organization that connects low-income communities to resources, and communicates community needs to policy makers. Get help writing after school grants, obtaining additional funding, program implementation, and sustainability planning.

Research and Action

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The Harvard Family Research Project develops and evaluates strategies to promote the well-being of children, youth, families, and their communities. It offers a comprehensive database of research and tools to support out-of-school time and other areas.

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The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) is a nonprofit corporation offering field-based resources for learning environments. Obtain research on after school program effectiveness and evaluation. SEDL also offers reference publications for after school programs.

Whole Child Development

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Communities in Schools (CIS) connects community resources with schools to help kids succeed in school and prepare for life. CIS provides children with a safe place to learn and grow by bringing research-based information and tools to before- and after-school programs.

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The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is a national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC offers wellness materials, including guides on nutrition programs and resources, through their Afterschool Resource Center.

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The Forum for Youth Investment (the Forum) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping communities and the nation prepare young people for college, work, and life. The Forum provides research and analysis, advocacy, consulting, training, network services and support tools for out-of-school time programs.

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Kids Included Together (KIT) offers inclusion trainings and resources on how to provide services to youth with disabilities in recreational, child and youth development programs.


Healthy Kids Survey at WestEd conducts school-based surveys and evaluates risk prevention, health promotion, and youth development programs. The HKS team offers free research-based workshops and support tools.

Professional Development and Training

ASAPconnect provides professional development and creates partnerships between after school programs and assistance providers to support program quality. The ASAP Directory offers information about effective training, mentoring, coaching, and consulting throughout California.


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California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC) has a long history of providing free, on-site, customized training for afterschool providers through their statewide network of trainers.

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Center for Afterschool Education at Foundations offers professional development, publications, technical assistance, and tools specifically designed to fit the rich diversity of afterschool programs and staff who are transforming afterschool into a dynamic educational space.

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After School Regional Leads are the first point of contact for after school programs at the local level. Leads provide assistance and information on a variety of after school topics including professional development and community outreach.

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