Social Distancing for Summer Camps - Sign In and Sign Out With Mobile Capabilities

By Alyssa Thornley | May 31, 2021 7:24:06 AM

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. 

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Best Practices for Community Engagement Across the Country

By Alyssa Thornley | May 31, 2021 7:20:49 AM

Out-of-school-time (OST) programs benefit from community support, and engaging with community partners is a critical part of any program's funding sustainability plan 

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What is GPRA and How Will it Affect My OST Program?

By Alyssa Thornley | May 25, 2021 8:30:00 AM

New government reporting mandates go into effect iJuly 2021, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC)-funded after-school and OST programs will be significantly impacted by the changes.  

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AfterSchool21 Spring 2021 Release: Mobile Friendly Sign-In and Sign-Out Capabilities

By Alyssa Thornley | May 20, 2021 7:42:21 AM

The AfterSchool21 (AS21) Spring 2021 development release keeps parents and out-of-school-time (OST) program staff safe while preserving the accuracy of attendance records with new user-friendly, mobile drop-off/sign-in and sign-out functionality.     

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The American Rescue Plan Act: A Financial Lifeline for After-school Programs

By Alyssa Thornley | May 10, 2021 6:50:52 AM

Welcome relief in the form of a federal funding boost of $39 billion is now helping after-school and summer programs to reopen and stay open.

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, passed in early March, provides a total of $123 billion to support families, K-12 schools, and the childcare sector. 

What does ARP mean for summer and after-school programs?

The financial lifeline is specifically for "evidence-based activities" to address learning loss. These activities can be summer learning programs, extended day, or after-school programs.

This financial package is welcome news to the childcare industry that suffered through the pandemic. Skyrocketing costs and declining enrollment put many programs and childcare centers at risk of closing. Many switched to a virtual program delivery, a novel concept in many cases. The result was many failed to attract the same number of participants as the in-person program.

As parents head back to work, after-school programs are now ramping up again and returning to full capacity.

Now that financial relief is on its way, the challenge is to find the best way to use these funds and track where they eventually go. Better data collection will enable programs to spend on services that offer the most value.

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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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