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Investments in Building Citywide Out-of-School Time Systems: A Six-City Study

January 15, 2014

Out-of-school-time (OST) programs play a vital role in many children’s academic and social development. To address the growing demand for and interest in these activities, a number of U.S. cities have initiated efforts to create OST systems: coherent, shared infrastructures designed to support, coordinate and sustain OST programs citywide. This report, prepared by The Finance Project, builds on these resources by discussing the strategies and system-level investments made to support OST programming in the six cities where previously gathered program-cost data exists.
Snapshots of Sustainability: Profiles of Successful Strategies for Financing Out-of-School Time Programs

January 15, 2014

Sustainability is a critical issue for out-of-school time programs. This compendium includes 32 profiles of out-of-school time programs that have succeeded in sustaining their work by developing strategies to marshal a broad range of critical fiscal and non-fiscal resources. Each profile includes an overview of the program or initiative, and typically includes budget information, a summary of financing and sustainability strategies employed, keys to success, lessons learned and anticipated challenges or next steps.
The Cost of Quality Out-of-School-Time Programs

January 15, 2014

Out-of-school time (OST) programs are increasingly expected to be of high enough quality to produce real benefits for children, but until now there has been little information on what such quality programming costs. This groundbreaking report from the Wallace Foundation, Public/Private Ventures, and The Finance Project fills that gap, providing a data-filled examination of the costs of 111 diverse, quality OST programs in six cities. The report finds that costs vary widely depending on a range of factors from program goals to times of operation and the ages of the children served.
Using Data to Guide Instruction and Improve Student Learning

January 15, 2014

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but in education, information speaks volumes. This published article explores how data analysis can provide a snapshot of what students know, what they should know, and what can be done to meet their academic needs. With appropriate analysis and interpretation of data, educators can make informed decisions that positively affect student outcomes.

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SOURCE: SEDL

Ensuring Youth Transitioning from Foster Care are Connected by 25: Lessons Learned from the Foster Care Work Group

June 10, 2013

Lessons Learned, prepared by The Finance Project, offers a look back at the unique evolution of work in each of the Connected by 25 sites, proceeding from the Connected by 25 blueprint. It offers rich lessons for funders, advocates, policymakers, and program developers interested in continuing to build the field of initiatives supporting young people transitioning from foster care.
Financing Policies and Practices that Support Permanency for Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care

June 10, 2013

Child welfare leaders and program developers must also contend with significant financing challenges in promoting permanency for older youth in care, including financial disincentives and restrictions on federal funding streams. This brief aims to help these stakeholders finance policies and practices that support permanency for older youth in foster care.
Finding Resources to Support Mentoring Programs and Services for Youth

June 10, 2013

This brief from The Finance Project outlines three strategies for financing and sustaining mentoring programs and services for youth, illustrating these options through state and community examples. The strategies examined are: ways to build partnerships with businesses and foundations; how to conduct community fundraising to generate revenue; and ways of maximizing public revenue.