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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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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AfterSchool21: The First Provider With Direct Transfer Into 21APR

By Paige Kummer | May 15, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Cayen Systems has led the way in eliminating the burden of manual data entry into 21APR. We have more than 20 years of experience providing OST program management and reporting software to 21CCLC and parent-pay programs. Today, we are proud to announce that we are the first provider to offer a direct link to 21APR for data verification and direct submission.

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