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ERIC Number: ED499578
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 92
Abstractor: ERIC
Snapshots of Sustainability: Profiles of Successful Strategies for Financing Out-of-School Time Programs
Sandel, Kate, Ed.
Finance Project
Sustainability is a critical issue for out-of-school programs. Time-limited grants, narrow categorical funding streams, and difficult economic conditions leave program leaders in a continual struggle to find a stable base of resources to continue their program over time. In the face of these challenges, many out-of-school initiatives have succeeded in sustaining their work by developing strategies to marshal a broad range of critical fiscal and non-fiscal resources. Their successes are captured in 32 profiles, which staff of The Finance Project researched and wrote during the past five years. The profiles are of initiatives in rural and urban settings across the United States. They include school-based programs, community-based programs, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLCs), city-wide initiatives, and intermediary organizations. The profiles highlight initiatives ranging from single-site programs to large-scale, multisite operations. They also highlight initiatives that serve a broad age range of children and youth, from elementary school age to high school age. The first section of the compendium provides an overall analysis of the profiles, identifying similarities in the strategies that program leaders used to sustain their work as well as lessons learned. It also provides examples of initiatives that illustrate the findings. The second section consists of the program profiles. The final section includes additional resources for learning more about financing and sustaining out-of-school programs and initiatives. (Contains 3 tables and 8 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Finance Project, Washington, DC.