Student Data Collection Solutions for Grant-Funded Programs

By Alyssa Thornley | Apr 2, 2023 5:40:00 PM

Student data collection requirements are mandatory to fulfill when securing funds for grant-based programs. For those that are unaware, grant coordinators collect data to maintain the federal funds when their after-school program participates in the U.S. Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative. 

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Why Leveraging After-School Program Data Is Critical

By Madison O'Connell | Sep 25, 2022 11:15:00 AM

After-school programs must track programmatic data if they want to accessfederal funding sources, such as the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative.

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Districts Can Use Custom Fields to Fine Tune Their Data

By Alyssa Thornley | Sep 9, 2022 5:25:33 PM

The AfterSchool21 (AS21) and Homeless Information Management System for Students (HIMSS) August software development release (effective Aug. 24) gives administrative users greater flexibility to quickly and easily add custom fields to their online enrollment forms. Program admin users can create numerous custom fields instead of being restricted to the fields their state requires.  

Admin users can now fine-tune their data by:

  • Configuring the form to set which fields they want to include
  • Select fields of various types (drop-down, multi-select, short text, long text, numeric or date fields)
  • Determine if the fields are enabled or required 
  • Create reports based on areas specific to their district 
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Using 21CCLC Data Management Tools To Impact Student Success

By Phillip Smith | Mar 3, 2021 12:15:00 PM

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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