4 Reasons Why You Need to Be Using a Student Attendance Tracking System

By Phillip Smith | May 24, 2019 8:00:00 AM

It’s no secret that attendance, both during and after school hours, has close ties to student success. Research has long shown that when students regularly participate in quality after-school programs, their school-day attendance, classroom work habits, and decision-making skills all improve.

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After-school Appreciation Week 2019

By Alyssa Thornley | Apr 15, 2019 10:47:00 PM

It’s that time of year again, after-school professionals appreciation week! We are proud to team up with the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) to celebrate the professionals that are the heart of after-school programs across the country.  

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White House's Proposed 2020 Budget Includes Education Cuts - Again

By Dr. David Holbrook | Mar 21, 2019 6:00:00 AM

The White House proposes a budget every year to help inform the U.S. Congress of its priorities. When the White House's proposed budget aligns with Congress' priorities, funding the government isn't an issue. This seldom happens, and fortunately for educators looking at the White House's 2020 budget proposal, the cuts in education have not trended as a priority for Congress. In fact, the opposite has been true. The trend with Congress has been to increase education funding.

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Funding Sustainability: Beyond 21st CCLC

By Phillip Smith | Mar 8, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Cayen Systems is presenting at the National AfterSchool Association Conference in New York City March 15-18.  The workshop, “Funding Sustainability: Beyond 21st CCLC,” shares ways you can ensure your after-school program will be able to serve your community for years to come.  

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Cayen Systems Hosts Workshop at Beyond School Hours Conference

By Phillip Smith | Feb 8, 2019 2:42:00 PM

Cayen Systems is presenting at the Beyond School Hours Conference in Atlanta Feb 20-23.  The workshop, “Tips for Using Spreadsheets for the 21st CCLC Annual Performance Report,” shares the complexities of using manual data collection methods like spreadsheets for 21APR reporting.  

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How to Run a Successful Summer Program

By Alyssa Thornley | Jan 23, 2019 9:50:00 AM

Out of school time programs provide incredible value to our communities and those within them, especially for working parents in need of an affordable, safe solution for their children in the summer months. These programs go above and beyond the typical childcare environment, offering opportunities for engagement and a myriad of enrichment opportunities.

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Wisconsin Department of Education and AfterSchool21 Partner to Provide Reporting Management for After-School Programs

By Alyssa Thornley | Nov 2, 2018 6:00:00 AM

To help with the management of program operations and data for 21st Century Community Learning Centers across the state of Wisconsin, leaders in the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction are partnering with AfterSchool21 (developed by Cayen Systems) to provide this software to 45 sites during the 2018-19 school year, with plans to expand to 220 sites over the course of the next 4 years. 

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21st Century Community Learning Centers Funding - On Solid Ground

By Dr. David Holbrook | Oct 19, 2018 10:15:00 AM

Earlier this year, ESSA Title IV, Part B 21st Century Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) funding was proposed for elimination but seemed unlikely to be actually cut. On October 1, President Trump signed the fiscal 2019 budget which increased 21 CCLC funding to $1.21 billion.

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5 Tips for Maximizing Daily Attendance Rates

By Alyssa Thornley | Oct 18, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Attendance matters. In addition to being a factor in funding, it is also a major factor in student success. Studies have shown that “high attenders,” or students who attended their after-school programs (including summer sessions) nearly every day, gain more math, language arts, and social-emotional skills than 75-80 percent of their peers. Students who regularly attend their after-school programs are likely to experience the following benefits:

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Increasing Visibility of Your After School Program

By Phillip Smith | Sep 28, 2018 8:15:00 AM

Even though 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC), or after-school programs, serve a great purpose for school-aged children and teenagers, funding for these programs has been on the docket for removal several times in the last few years. That is why it is vitally important to create a sustainable program through funding diversity.

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