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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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 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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