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Are you new to the field of afterschool and expanded learning? Perhaps you want to make big or small changes to your existing program or need standardized forms for all your program sites to use. Or perhaps you are starting to think about program evaluation and just don’t know where to start. If any of this rings true, read on. Beyond the Bell: A Toolkit for Creating Effective Afterschool and Expanded Learning Programs is for you! This guide - available in both hardcopy and online - is meant for program leaders from both community-based and school-based programs as a resource to help you through all the challenges of starting and running a program. It works well both for those starting a brand-new program and those looking to improve an existing program. We start this Toolkit at the foundation: management practices that are critical to building high-quality programs. This latest version of the Beyond the Bell Toolkit is updated to reflect changes in research and in the field from practitioners like you. We hope it will be a resource you can return to many times as your program grows and changes to reflect youth participants, your community, and your own leadership.

Inside the Toolkit