AfterSchool21 Partners with GG4L to Support Additional Integrations for OST Programs

By Paige Kummer | Mar 8, 2021 11:14:42 AM

AfterSchool21 (AS21) is used by more 21CCLC programs than any other after-school program data management software. AS21 supports in-person, hybrid, and virtual programs by streamlining attendance, tracking outcomes, collecting evidence of participation, and simplifying reporting for the 21APR (now with customizable dashboards). Our software is used by fee-based programs to track attendance and manage fees. Programs can track both fee-based and grant-funded programs in a single system with AfterSchool21. All licenses come with training, product updates, and free, live US-based customer service.

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Using 21CCLC Data Management Tools To Impact Student Success

By Paige Kummer | Mar 3, 2021 10:15:00 AM

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) program awards grants to programs to fund after-school enrichment. Research overwhelmingly shows that after-school support, particularly for underprivileged kids and those who would otherwise be alone at home, offers numerous benefits. These programs provide more equitable access to educational resources, support learners who may be struggling, improve engagement with the day school, and may reduce problem behaviors. For some children, after-school programs are a primary or even sole source of support outside of school.

Administrators of OST (out of school time) programs that receive 21CCLC funding must submit data to the federal 21APR to be eligible to reapply for funding at the end of the term. While 21CCLC data provides critical information about program performance, the process of compiling, submitting, and tracking data taxes administrative resources and may take staff away from core duties. The right 21CCLC data management tools can improve outcomes, support student success, and provide resource flexibility.

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The App-Garden Partners with TransACT Communications to Offer K12 Better Options for Modern Transportation, Operations and HR Challenges

By Alyssa Thornley | Feb 16, 2021 11:50:00 AM

TransACT Communications ( has acquired App-Garden (, a leader in K-12 transportation and operations administrative software. The App-Garden team has over 27 years of experience in developing easy-to-use administrative software to support school bus routing, field trip management, event scheduling and facilities management, volunteer operations, virtual substitute teacher training, and more. Working together, TransACT and The App-Garden are proud to offer K12 administrators cost effective software and outstanding customer service to help improve operations and service delivery in school district operations.

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How to Upgrade Your 21APR Reporting for Ease and Efficiency

By Paige Kummer | Feb 10, 2021 10:15:00 AM

After-school and out-of-school-time (OST) programs offer more than just childcare. Research consistently finds that they promote social skills, bolster students’ connection to school, increase school attendance, improve grades and academic achievement, and reduce problem behaviors. Better data enables these programs to improve student outcomes by focusing on services that offer the most value to participants. Many after-school programs rely on the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) program to fund their services. The grants this program funds require annual reporting that includes data on attendance, outcomes, academic achievement, participant demographics, and more. Use the easiest to use and most cost effective 21APR reporting software to meet federal grant requirements.

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Free COVID-19 Letter Template for OST Programs and School Districts

By Dr. David Holbrook | Jan 7, 2021 11:00:00 AM

TransACT and Cayen Systems published a free resource to support out-of-school-time programs in keeping our communities informed, healthy, and safe on September 1st, 2020. As the holiday season often includes travel, we want to highlight the complimentary COVID-19 letter template for out-of-school-time programs, state and local education agencies, and schools.

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4 Steps for Securing the Right After-School Program Grants

By Paige Kummer | Nov 27, 2020 10:15:00 AM

Grants are essential for after-school and out-of-school-time program sustainability. In order to keep the lights on long term, after-school program directors must secure a variety of funding sources to support their initiatives. The most successful after-school programs have no more than 30 percent of funding coming from a single source after their first year. By diversifying funding sources and securing the right grants, after-school programs can create a path to sustainability to help make sure they can serve their communities for many years to come. The process of securing after-school program grants involves four steps. 

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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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