CBASS

The Collaborative for Building After-School Systems (CBASS) is a national coalition of intermediary organizations representing cities and regions across the country. We work to expand the availability of high-quality learning opportunities, including after-school and summer, that help children gain the skills, knowledge and experiences they need to lead successful lives. We do this by helping cities and regions employ coordinated approaches to increase the scale, quality and accountability of programs, and to leverage the combined power of community organizations and schools to create integrated, effective, and inspired learning systems for our children and youth.

Speaking in One Voice: Toward Common Measures for OST Programs and Systems

This document showcases research related to Out-of-School Time (OST), with an emphasis on exploring the factors that contribute to quality and that affect youth development outcomes.

Shaping the Future of After-School

This report, published by CBASS, documents the critical role intermediaries’ play in the development of afterschool systems in their cities. It shows how intermediaries have helped increase the quality, sustainability and availability of afterschool and offers a vision for public policy change to support the continued growth of afterschool.

Making the Connections: A Report on the First National Survey of Out-of-School Time Intermediary Organizations

This survey of intermediary organizations helps to explain what intermediaries do, pinpoint the ways in which they’ve made the greatest gains and suggest ways for spreading the progress.

Integrating Expanded Learning and School Reform Initiatives: Challenges and Strategies

Learning Point Associates

This policy brief sets forth a set of six recommendations to address challenges to a broad adoption of expanded learning strategies in school reform initiatives.

Enhancing School Reform Through Expanded Learning

Learning Point Associates

This report aims to further the conversation of how school reform and improvement strategies can take full advantage of expanded learning opportunities to promote student learning, development and engagement.

Frontiers in Urban Science Exploration Resource Guide

This resource guide offers strategies to advance informal science education in afterschool.

Science Beyond the Classroom: Critical to New York’s Future

New York State Afterschool Network

This brief argues that high-quality science learning outside the traditional classroom is critical to young people’s success and outlines practical steps to make it accessible throughout New York State.

Expanded Learning: Re-imagining the Learning Day for Student and School Success

This presentation for the Council of Great City Schools describes expanded learning models developed by TASC, Boston After School and Beyond and the Providence After-School Alliance with recommendations for district leaders.

The After-School Apprenticeship Program Toolkit

This toolkit contains strategies for developing a high-quality apprenticeship experience for high school youth.

How to Schedule Expanded Learning: Three Cities, Three Ways

This brief presents three expanded learning schedules providing rich learning experiences for students during the school year and over the summer, illustrating successful partnerships for school district leaders, after-school intermediaries, policymakers and others.

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