Student Support Services

On-Line Technical Assistance, Resources for Out of School Time Program Planning

We have identified resources that are available on-line that may be of assistance to you as you plan your after-school program. Each topic below is linked to specific resources.

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General Information


Whether called collaboration or cooperation or partnership or connection, virtually all successful ventures to improve the quality of programs for kids and their families involve collections of individuals and groups that agree to set aside differences to find common ground.  It is this common ground which forms the foundation of successful collaborations.


Gone are the days when programs could be implemented on the basis of good will and an intuitive sense that they would do good things. Funding is attached to the demonstration of effectiveness which in turn supports continued and enhanced funding.

Family Literacy & Engagement

Family literacy is an intergenerational effort to enhance the educational opportunities of all family members. Family literacy supports parents as the first teachers of their children. For adults, the positive effect that they have on their children’s education motivates them to strengthen their own literacy skills. Family literacy can be an effective tool to ensure that children develop the literacy skills they need to succeed.



The need for funds is self-evident. Sources are not. The following links offer some possibilities. 

  • From Channing Bete, the parent of Communities that CareExternal Link:  Funding opportunities for youth development;  list is updated as funding opportunities become available. This site also provides information about government and foundation grants that support youth development activities.
  • The Finance Project:External Link The Finance Project is a non-profit policy research, technical assistance and information organization created to help improve outcomes for children, families and communities nationwide.
  • The After-School AllianceExternal Link - Part of the goal of the After-School Alliance is to help local after-school programs expand their resources and increase their sustainability.  The resources offered here are intended to help by providing tools and tips on accessing funding and using communications to build support for programs among local residents, community groups, businesses and policymakers.
    1. Funding and SustainabilityExternal Link
    2. Sustainability WorkbookExternal Link
  • Pre-Collegiate Preparation Programs - fostering the development and implementation of collaborative partnerships among and between colleges, schools, community-based organizations, parents, students, business, industry and government to ensure that all students in New York State have the opportunity to be successful learners in an environment that honors the uniqueness of each individual

Nutrition Resources

Quality nutrition is linked to better performance - in school and in life. Nutrition is a function of both the presence of adequate appropriate food selections and the knowledge to make informed and healthy choices.
Here are some sources of both food and information which you may access to enhance your out of school program.

Program Planning

Planning with an eye to the future will offer huge dividends, producing a cohesive, effective program with the health and well-being of children and their families at the center.

Youth Development

Positive Youth Development: Helping kids develop the PERSONAL and SOCIAL skills to make it possible for them to overcome challenges and achieve the greatest success possible.

  • National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY)External Link - an online database of youth-related publications and current youth initiatives. Includes free or low-cost publications and abstracts of research and informative documents.
  • Youth Development Resource ManualExternal Link - a companion to Promoting Positive Youth Development - provides information and tools for community partnerships working together to make youth development happen.
Last Updated: October 11, 2018