Resources

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) provides resources that states, school districts and their partners can use to collaborate with high-quality out-of-school time programs.

Find ARP funding available for afterschool and summer programs at HelpKidsRecover.org.


Contact your state afterschool network to find a partner.


Use this interactive map to find examples of state and local partnerships with out-of-school time programs.

Review evidence-based practices for quality afterschool and summer programs and their impact on student outcome.


Key Principles for Expanded Learning offers a guide to implementing quality out-of-school time programs.

The National Municipal Afterschool and Summer Learning Survey Report and Data Dashboard demonstrates the increased value that local elected officials place on afterschool and summer learning programs for addressing student needs.


Three briefs from the National League of Cities outline how city leaders can leverage afterschool and summer learning programs as strategies to improve public safety, workforce development, and college and career readiness in their communities.


This brief by the National League of Cities provides an overview of Community Learning Hubs as a strategy for pandemic recovery, and discusses how mayors, city council members, and other local elected officials can leverage their leadership, bully pulpit, and convening authority to bring together partners and create spaces that support the young people in their community.

A Wallace Foundation report: Getting to Work on Summer Learning: Recommended Practices for Success provides g​​uidance for running summer learning program​s, including recommendations for early planning, hiring and sticking to firm enrollment deadlines.


In this Wallace Foundation report: Investing in Successful Summer Learning Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, RAND details 43 summer programs backed by research strong enough to meet federal ESSA requirements.


This webinar from the National Comprehensive Center, Making Summer a Successful and Sustainable Strategy for Student Growth, features a school district’s collaborative effort to create, implement and sustain a successful summer program and previews findings from two studies on the state of summer learning in districts across the country.


This Wallace Foundation report: Supporting Quality in Summer Learning: How Districts Plan, Develop, and Implement Programs details how mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations can support successful school-district-led summer programs.


Working with the Wallace Foundation, Westat is conducting the National Summer Learning & Enrichment Study to gather nationwide data and examples of how states and districts delivered their summer 2021 programs.


This Summer 2021 study Building Resilience in Youth Through Summer Experiences helps practitioners, policymakers, and researchers understand the parent perspective on two kinds of summer experiences—structured programs and unstructured experiences outside of programs—including what children do under each scenario, and what they learn academically, recreationally, and socio-emotionally from those activities.


This digital toolkit for National Summer Learning Week, an annual celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, is full of resources, including sample proclamation language, tip sheets, graphics and logos, social media copy, and ideas to help celebrate in your community.


Using R.E.A.L. to Strengthen Summer Learning: Showing up Matters for R.E.A.L. Schools and summer program providers can use the concepts in Attendance Works’ R.E.A.L. (Routines, Engagement, Access to resources and Learning) framework to strengthen their summer learning efforts as well as their attendance initiatives during the school year.

A guide to help parents and caregivers find the right afterschool program for their child at any age.


Tips for finding a local afterschool program and what to do if your community doesn’t have a program.


Designed in partnership with Learning Heroes, National PTA, Univision, and National Summer Learning Association, this online guide and readiness check for parents helps keep kids on track academically while staying active and engaged.


DiscoverSummer.org: An online destination for parents and caregivers from the National Summer Learning Association that aims to help children discover the joy of summer and prepare for a great school year ahead.


Discover Summer Family Guide: Summer is a great time to enrich and inspire youth, and prepare them for the school year ahead. Download the National Summer Learning Association’s Family Guide to discover the joy of summer learning in math and literacy, STEM, the arts, and career readiness.


Summer Learning Ideas at Home and in Your Community: Designed for parents and caregivers with fun ways they can help the children in their lives tap the power of summer learning to help them thrive in school, and in life.