The North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs seeks to provide out-of-school time providers with the tools and resources necessary to amplify their advocacy efforts. Below are publications to assist providers in producing compelling cases for investment and garnering the support of families, schools, communities, and legislature.

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America After 3pm Report

America After 3PM data, conducted by the Afterschool Alliance, spans a decade of data chronicling how children spend the hours between 3 and 6 p.m. It highlights the trends of afterschool program participation, documents the benefits associated with participation in afterschool programs, and measures public support for afterschool programs.

Roadmap of Need

The Roadmap of Need is an annual in-depth needs assessment for youth across North Carolina. The Roadmap of Need uses data on health, youth behavior & safety, education, & economic development to take a whole child needs assessment of what young people living in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties must have in order to thrive.

From a Time of Risk to a Time of Opportunity: North Carolina

This report, conducted by the Council for a Strong America, reflects on the use of afterschool programs to provide supportive, stable, and enriching environments to keep youth out of trouble and safe, while supporting their academic success, and social-emotional development.

Power of Afterschool in NC

 The annual report was developed to spotlight data that illustrates the afterschool landscape, both statewide and nationally. Statewide data is reflective of programs registered within the NC CAP mapping database of out-of-school time programs. 

This is Afterschool Collection

The This is Afterschool Collection is a series of one-pagers designed by the Afterschool Alliance that highlights data in areas such as STEM, workforce development, and the impact of afterschool in the lives of youth, families, and communities.

The Land of Inopportunity

Save the Children has created the first-ever ranking of U.S. counties where children are most and least prioritized and protected. Researchers examined data from more than 2,600 counties and county equivalents in all 50 states.

State of Summer Learning

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) tracks and responds to policy issues that affect summer opportunities at the federal, state, and local levels, with the goal of ensuring high-quality summer learning opportunities reach the nation’s most underserved students. 

The Wallace Foundation Afterschool Collection

The Wallace Foundation has designed reports and other resources for insights into making high-quality afterschool programming more readily available to youth and families. 

Million Girls Moonshot Fact Sheets

The Million Girls Moonshot, an initiative of the STEM Next Opportunity Fund, has created a series of fact sheets about the investment of youth in STEM content and its impact on the future workforce, particularly for girls and minorities.

Scaling OST STEM Programming

The Overdeck Foundation highlights the shared elements that help out-of-school time programs find success in regional and national scaling. This report focuses on findings from youth-serving programs (ages 5 to 14) that might meet the minimum duration needed to create a significant difference on STEM mindsets and skills.

The Value of OST Programs

The RAND Corporation examined OST programs through the lenses of content, dosage (the hours of content provided), and outcomes measured, focusing on rigorous (i.e., experimental or quasi-experimental) large-scale evaluations and meta-analyses.

Youth Development Principles and Practices in OST Settings

This book highlights the tenets of positive youth development necessary to enable youth to thrive such as youth development principles and foundational information; developing youths’ potential; systematic program planning and evaluation of youth programs; the role of adults and families in the lives of youth; and issues of diversity in youth development . 

National Girls Collaborative Project Publication Collection

The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) strives to disseminate project findings, successes, and lessons learned in order to raise awareness about the project and contribute to the knowledge base in the field of gender equity in STEM. NGCP Publications include scholarly articles and the Collaboration Guide. 

Restoring America's Position as a World Leader by Reinvesting in STEM

The STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice developed five major recommendations for how the Biden-Harris administration, as well as individual states, can improve STEM learning for all. The recommendations are based on a series of Town Hall sessions, surveys, and focused interviews with STEM leaders from nearly every state in the country. 

2021 U.S. Childhood Report

The COVID Child Protection Ranking, released as part of Save the Children’s fifth annual Childhood Report, ranks all 50 states and examines three factors making it increasingly challenging for America’s kids during COVID.

A Natural Fit: Supporting After-School Staff of Color in Teacher Pipelines

The Education Trust’s report, Natural Fit: Supporting After-School Staff of Color in Teacher Pipelines, examines the experiences of current and former teacher candidates of color with OST experience to provide insights into how teacher preparation programs and state policymakers can create the right programmatic experiences and conditions to recruit OST staff into education and prepare them for success.

Putting Data to Work for Young People

Every Hour Counts has developed a tool and comprehensive guide, Putting Data to Work for Young People: A Framework for Measurement, Continuous Improvement, and Equitable Systems, to help afterschool systems assess and improve their organization in a way that works best for them. 

Examining Stability and Change in Afterschool Systems

The National Institute for Work and Learning FHI has developed a report, Stability and Change in Afterschool Systems, 2013-2020: A Follow-Up Study of Afterschool Coordination in Large Cities,  that provides a look at the state of afterschool coordination just prior to the unexpected and devastating closure of schools and afterschool programs in the spring of 2020 owing to the global pandemic. 

This is not an exhaustive list of publications or resources that can be utilized for advocacy efforts. This page will be updated periodically. If you have additional resources or publications to add to this page, please complete this form or clicking the button below.