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Aligning With The School Day

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Colorado ESEA Waiver

  • Requesting Flexibility Option for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program
  • The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) submitted a request to amend the state’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver to include the flexibility option related to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant program. The request was submitted to the United States Department of Education (USDE) November 15, 2012.

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External Organizations

The term external organization means: (A) a non-profit organization with a record of success in running or working with before and after school (or summer recess) programs and activities; or (B) in the case of a community where there is no such organization, a non-profit organization in the community that enters into a written agreement or partnership with an organization described in (A) of this definition to receive mentoring and guidance in running or working with before and after school (or summer recess) programs and activities.

Prescreened External Organizations

This list does not comprehensively cover all external organizations in the state of Colorado. The list is developed as organizations voluntarily complete this process. The details provided regarding external organizations is provided for information only. The Colorado Department of Education does not endorse, represent, or warrant the accuracy or reliability of any of the information, content, services, or other materials provided by these educational service providers. Any reliance upon any information, content, materials, products, services, or vendors included on or found through this listing shall be at the user's sole risk.

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Evaluation Associations and Networks

  • American Evaluation Association
    • The American Evaluation Association is a professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation.
  • Colorado Evaluation Network
    • The Colorado Evaluation Network is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for professional development, networking, and an exchange of knowledge in the field of evaluation.

Evaluation Resources Specific to Out-of-School Time Programs

General Evaluation Resources

  • Program Managers Guide to Evaluation
    • A guided created by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (a unit within the Administration for Children and Families),  that explains what program evaluation is, why evaluation is important, how to conduct an evaluation and understand the results, how to report evaluation findings, and how to use evaluation results to improve programs that benefit children and families.
  • Evaluating Comprehensive Community Initiatives
    • The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource created by the Center for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas. The Tool Box for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. Chapter 38 focuses specifically on evaluation.
  • Characteristics of High Quality Research
    • A handout created by the Colorado Department of Education that outlines various types of evaluation and research designs.
  • The National Institute for Literacy
    • ​Using Research and Reason in Education: How Teachers Can Use Scientifically Based Research to Make Curricular and Instructional Decisions
  • Cooperative Extension Publications
    • Easy-to-use guides designed to help Extension faculty better plan and implement credible and useful evaluations, which may also may be useful to agencies or funders who are seeking assistance with realistic evaluation strategies.

 Legislative Guidance

Partnering with Families

Parent Involvement Resources


Promising Practices in Afterschool

You 4 Youth

  • Explore common challenges and potential solutions to engage families
  • Create a culture in your program that enables you to get to know families of the students you serve
  • Key activities can support family involvement. Learn how to tailor activities to meet families' needs while helping students achieve academically
  • Collect and make sense of data that can guide your next steps




21st CCLC Sustainability Planning

Other Sustainability Resources


For additional information, please contact your assigned consultant.

Dana Scott - 21st CCLC State Coordinator | (303) 866-6791

Cody Buchanan - 21st CCLC Lead Consultant | (303) 866-6861

Mandy Christensen - 21st CCLC Lead Consultant | (303) 866-6488

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