Using After-School Program Grants to Upgrade Technology

By Paige Kummer | Nov 6, 2020 10:15:00 AM

After-school program directors use grants to fund many aspects of after-school and out-of-school-time programs (OST) , from paying staff to planning recreational activities for students. Some directors also use grants to realize operational efficiencies and identify opportunities for improvement by investing in technology upgrades.

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CDC Releases Guidance for Re-Opening OST Programs

By Phillip Smith | Jul 31, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Earlier this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidelines for re-opening and resuming schools and childcare facilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

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4 Federal Grants for After-School Programs

By Paige Kummer | Jul 20, 2020 10:00:02 AM

High-quality after-school programs serve an important purpose in our communities. Research shows they improve everything from educational outcomes and school attendance to social and emotional learning. 

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Beyond School Hours Session 2020

By Paige Kummer | Feb 25, 2020 9:23:13 PM

Funding Sustainability: Beyond 21st CCLC

Thursday February 27, 2020, Workshop Block 3 

Friday February 28, 2020, Workshop Block 5

Ben Hinkle-Wszalek and Phillip Smith of Cayen Systems are presenting their innovative method for programs to manage funding at the Beyond School Hours Conference in Orlando, FL, on 2/27.  The workshop, “Funding Sustainability: Beyond 21st CCLC” shares the TINCAN method of sustainability, a methodology that ensures after-school programs will be able to serve their community for years to come.  

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Cayen Systems Committed To Excellence In Data Security

By Phillip Smith | Dec 10, 2019 5:00:00 AM

In 2019, Utah enacted HB57 or the “Electronic Information or Data Privacy Act.” The bill, designed to protect private information stored with third parties, makes Utah the first state to create a law of this nature. The Utah State Board of Education’s Data Privacy Agreement helps to enforce compliance with the broader law, and is the first statewide agreement with the mission to “improve student data privacy in K-12 education by building public trust through providing practical support, meaningful guidance, and investigations.”

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Creating a Successful Grants Management Plan

By Phillip Smith | Oct 25, 2019 5:30:00 PM

The key to creating a successful grants management plan is making the best possible use of funds to set a program up for long-term success. Research is extremely important during this stage—and there are a few key things to remember:  

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IE11 Support Ending after December 31st, 2019

By Phillip Smith | Oct 15, 2019 12:15:00 PM

Effective December 31, 2019, Cayen Systems will end support for Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) as an accepted browser for accessing AfterSchool21 and AfterSchool201, as well as other Cayen Systems applications such as HIMSS, GEAR-UP, and Data Propeller.  

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Helping Today's Youth: 6 Benefits of After-School Enrichment Programs

By Phillip Smith | Aug 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Nine in ten adults say after-school programs are important to their community. There are many benefits of after-school enrichment programs, from building on different skill sets to inspiring future career paths and improving school-day attendance. This article highlights a few of the ways that after-school enrichment programs help today’s youth.

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The Importance of Long-Term Thinking: Grants Management Plan for After-School Programs

By Phillip Smith | Jul 26, 2019 10:57:15 AM

Securing funding to keep an after-school program alive and thriving is challenging. Long-term thinking is essential for securing funding and sustaining after-school programs. By focusing on what is ahead—and putting a plan in place to manage grant funding—after-school program directors can give their programs a strong foundation for the future. This article explores the importance of long-term thinking when it comes to creating grants management plans for after-school programs.

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How To: Start Your Own After-School Program 

By Phillip Smith | Jul 5, 2019 12:00:00 PM

After-school programs are essential to our communities. Without these programs, millions of parents would be left without a reliable, secure, and enriching space for their child to go before or after-school hours. But because these programs exist, participants are allowed the opportunity to receive additional education in a space that is safe and affordable. 

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