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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How to Incorporate Parent Fees into Your After-School Program Business Plan

By Alyssa Thornley | Jun 28, 2019 5:15:00 PM

An after-school business plan helps support the long-term sustainability of a program. As programs grow and evolve, it makes sense to revisit funding strategy, particularly the funding sources that are needed to sustain a program as various grants end.

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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 Learning 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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