Tools & Resources

The YEF Institute has had a deep focus on afterschool since its inception. Over the years, the Institute has developed expertise in working with cities on strengthening afterschool opportunities and building citywide afterschool systems. As a result of this work, the Institute is able to offer a broad range of action kits, toolkits, strategy guides, webinar archives, and other resources that provide municipal leaders with practical ideas for supporting children and youth in the afterschool hours. City leaders can search for and download all of the Institute's publications free of charge.

  • Building Management Information Systems to Coordinate Citywide Afterschool Programs: A Toolkit for Cities (2012)

    This new YEF Institute report provides a detailed guide for building management information systems in order to coordinate local afterschool programs more effectively.

  • City Strategies to Engage Older Youth in Afterschool Programs (2012)

    With the expansion of the Afterschool Meal Program to all 50 states, public and nonprofit afterschool providers are taking advantage of federal reimbursement for meal programs to combat hunger and obesity, which affects millions of disadvantaged children who rely on school breakfasts and lunches but lack access to healthy meals outside of school.

  • Municipal Leadership for Afterschool: Citywide Approaches Spreading across the Country (2011)

    Commissioned by The Wallace Foundation, this NLC report highlights a growing trend in communities nationwide: the emergence of comprehensive, citywide afterschool systems for children and youth. The report identifies 27 cities that are among the most advanced in their efforts to coordinate afterschool opportunities and shows how these efforts are yielding concrete academic and public safety improvements.

  • Collecting and Using Information to Strengthen Citywide Out-of-School Time Systems (2011)

    Published with support from The Wallace Foundation, this strategy guide developed by the YEF Institute and the Harvard Family Research Project highlights six strategies for collecting and using data to assess and improve local afterschool programs.

  • Strengthening Partnerships and Building Public Will for Out-of-School Time Programs (2010)

    Published with support from The Wallace Foundation, this guide describes three key strategies that city leaders can use to generate support for access to high-quality out-of-school time activities. The guide also highlights a broad range of examples of how cities have successfully implemented each strategy, from partnerships with universities to coordinated communications plans.

  • The State of City Leadership for Children and Families: Innovations and Trends in Afterschool (2009)

    The YEF Institute's first-ever report on The State of City Leadership for Children and Families identifies the nation's most cutting-edge city strategies to help children and families thrive. This chapter highlights the broad range of innovations and trends in municipal leadership around afterschool.

  • Financial Strategies to Support Citywide Systems of Out-of-School Time Programs (2009)

    This strategy guide, made possible by support from The Wallace Foundation, describes several options that city officials may consider for supporting and sustaining local programs. These options include: creating dedicated, local funding streams; making better use of existing funding streams; maximizing state and federal funding sources; and strengthening collaborative efforts.

  • Cities and Statewide Afterschool Networks Partnering to Support Afterschool (2009)

    This guide, published with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, features examples of how municipal leaders are working with the 38 statewide afterschool networks to influence state afterschool funding and policies and to strengthen local programs.

  • The Afterschool Hours: A New Focus For America's Cities (2005)

    This report highlights strategies and insights from the eight cities that participated in the YEF Institute's Municipal Leadership for Expanding Learning Opportunities technical assistance project: Charlotte, N.C.; Fort Worth, Texas; Fresno, Calif.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Lincoln, Neb.; Spokane, Wash.; and Washington, D.C.

  • Assessing Local Afterschool Resources and Needs (2003)

    This strategy guide outlines six clear steps that city leaders should consider when conducting a needs assessment of local afterschool programs: defining goals, focus, and scope of assessment efforts; developing multiple ways to gauge family needs; using survey and mapping techniques; exploring multiple uses of compiled data; looking for partners in survey design, data collection and analysis; and sustaining assessment efforts over time.

  • Strengthening Families in America's Cities: Afterschool Programs (2003)

    Research findings published in this report are from NLC's Strengthening Families in America's Cities Survey of municipal officials, which examined issues affecting children and families in American cities and towns. The study finds that afterschool programs are a top priority for municipal officials; cities of all sizes have increased their investment in afterschool programs; there are several areas in which improvements can be made in municipal involvement; and many cities are still not yet involved in afterschool.

  • Action Kit on Expanding Afterschool Opportunities (2002)

    This action kit outlines the many ways in which municipal leaders can craft a strategy to expand afterschool opportunities, and in the process, advance the goals of public safety, academic achievement, and youth development in their cities.