The National Center for Quality Afterschool

Helping local practitioners and state education agencies develop high-quality and balanced programs

About the Center

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cover of issue August 2008 Welcome to AfterWords, the newsletter of the National Center for Quality Afterschool. The Center was formerly named The National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning, having been created in 2003 to identify afterschool programs that showed a positive effect on student achievement and provide technical assistance to 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

The National Partnership's newsletter, AfterWords, was published from 2007-2009 and shared what the National Partnership has learned about high-quality afterschool programs through our research. We used this publication as a forum for the discussion of the issues afterschool professionals face and the successes they experience.

Distinguished Achievement Award


In June, 2008, AfterWords won the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP).



Standards-Based Afterschool Activities
(December 2009) PDF

Student Behavior and Discipline
(November 2009) PDF

Afterschool Tutoring
(October 2009) PDF

Involving Families and Communities in the Arts
(September 2009) PDF

Why Leadership Matters
(August 2009) PDF

Discover Math in Everyday Activities
(July 2009) PDF

More Than Homework: Building Study Skills
(June 2009) PDF

Integrating Science Across the Curriculum
(Special May 2009 Issue) PDF

Making Service Learning a Part of Extended Learning
(Special April 2009 Issue) PDF

Extended Learning and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
(Special March 2009 Issue) PDF

Online Professional Development for Out-of-School Programs
(February 2009) PDF

Rural Afterschool Programs: Challenges and Solutions
(January 2009) PDF


What Does Your High School Afterschool Program Look Like?
(December 2008) PDF

Exploring the Art of Storytelling
(November 2008) PDF

SEDL Ships Free Resources to 21st CCLCs
(October 2008) PDF

Talking About Homework
(September 2008) PDF

Learning by Asking: Investigating Science Through Inquiry
(August 2008) PDF

The Case for the Arts in Afterschool (July 2008) PDF

When Students Blog (June 2008) PDF

Math Centers (May 2008) PDF

Tell It Like It Is: Afterschool Communication Tools (April 2008) PDF

Improving Literacy Skills With Read Alouds (March 2008) PDF

Staff Development 15 Minutes at a Time (February 2008) PDF

Engaging Students in Homework (January 2008) PDF


Afterschool Choices for High School Students (December 2007) PDF

How to Increase Family Involvement in Afterschool (November 2007) PDF

Using Project-Based Learning in Science (October 2007) PDF

Making Arts Matter in Afterschool (September 2007) PDF

Including Everyone: Helping Special-Needs Students Participate in Afterschool (August 2007) PDF

Afterschool Programs in Rural Areas: A Conversation With Claudette Morton (July 2007) PDF

"Key Ideas" for Mathematics Enrichment in Afterschool (June 2007) PDF

Using Technology to Advance Your Afterschool Program (May 2007) PDF

Collecting "Good" Data for Your Evaluation (April 2007) PDF

From Compliance to Quality: How to Make Evaluation Work for Your Program (March 2007) PDF

What the Research Says About Talking and Playing in Literacy Instruction (February 2007) PDF

Welcome to the first issue of AfterWords (January 2007) PDF

Online Training for Afterschool Staff
The Afterschool Training Toolkit is available online free of charge.

The following resources can be used with the online Afterschool Training Toolkit to give you the resources you need to build fun, innovative, and academically enriching afterschool activities.