Clearinghouse Resource

Title

Finding Resources to Support Rural Out-of-School Time Initiatives

Authors/Editors

Wright, Elisabeth

Publisher(s)

Washington, DC: The Finance Project

Source Information (Journal Title, Date, Length)

Strategy Brief 4 1, February 2003, 20 pages

Description of Resource

Out-of-school programs have proven potential to help low-income youth overcome many barriers associated with growing up in rural communities. Finding resources to support these programs, however, can be difficult and often requires additional effort by rural leaders to push for resource sharing and coordination of multiple services for rural families. The three largest federal funding sources for out-of-school time initiatives are 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the Child Care Development Fund, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Successful efforts to sustain out-of-school programs in rural communities share several elements: dynamic leadership, an ability to capitalize on community strengths, partnerships, networking and information sharing, and broad community support. Strategies to find resources to support rural out-of-school programs are presented. To create a diverse funding base, leaders should maximize federal, state, and local funding sources; consider non-traditional private partners in the community; and take advantage of in-kind donations. Out-of-school services could be integrated into larger family-centered programs. Finally, out-of-school programs can be supported by tapping into existing networks such as Boys and Girls Clubs, and YWCAs. Sidebars present resource challenges, descriptions of successful programs, and resources for tribal communities. (Contains 40 references.) (TD)

Languages

English

Availability

http://www.statewideafterschoolnetworks.net/finding-resources-support-rural-out-school-time-initiatives