After-school programs have a process to evaluate how well they are doing against their own goals by collecting data. One of the most essential yet challenging metrics to track is attendance. How do programs take attendance during a rush period? How do they ensure accuracy?Read More >
Of the many unsung heroes of the COVID-19 disaster, owners and staff working tirelessly in after-school programs are at the top of the list.Read More >
The AfterSchool21 (AS21) Summer 2021 software development release helps out-of-school-time (OST) programs collect their data and generate calculations needed to comply with new government reporting mandates that started July 1, 2021. Also in the release is new financial reporting capabilities for programs that charge fees.Read More >
With the pandemic abating and the school year coming to a close, many students will be entering summer camps. Whether in-person or hybrid, it can be difficult to keep children engaged with the materials while also ensuring they enjoy their experience. We’ve compiled a list of 5 effective strategies to keep your summer camp participants engaged.Read More >
21CCLC data management and 21APR accuracy
Grant coordinators collect a daunting amount of data to maintain the federal funds that help operate after-school programs. It is especially true when their program participates in the U.S. Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative, which promotes the creation of after-school learning centers and other academic enrichment efforts.
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) program awards grants to programs to fund after-school enrichment. Every state has different requirements regarding data collection, and this year is even more confusing for K-12 Grant Administrators as new government reporting requirements took effect July 1.
AfterSchool21 (AS21) by TransACT simplifies the reporting and data collection process by allowing program administrators and grant administrators to track, manage, and compile data, easing federal or state reporting burden.
Significant changes for grant-funded programs under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) requirements called for more comprehensive reports in many areas. Program administrators have to pull data from new sources to show progress towards their goals. Current AS21 subscribers have access to a reporting system and automated calculations updated for GPRA changes. State Departments of Education and after-school programs across the country are already planning for these changes. AS21 provides a complete picture of a program in an easy-to-access online system:
Summer camp season was largely wiped-out last summer, but this year camps are expected to be wide open for in-person activities in many states. That is, provided steps are taken to minimize the possibility of spreading COVID-19.
According to the American Camp Association (ACA), more than 5,000-day camps and 7,000 overnight camps are running across the country every year. Many church and school-based summer camps operate annually as well.
Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates day and overnight camps should mirror current recommendations for K-12 schools, including staggered arrival and drop-off times to limit contact between groups.Read More >
New government reporting mandates go into effect in July 2021, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC)-funded after-school and OST programs will be significantly impacted by the changes.Read More >