Contracts, Grants, & RFPs

Advantage After School Program

  1. Program Description:

Advantage After School Programs (AASP) provides quality youth development opportunities to school-age children and youth for three hours directly after school. Research shows that children who participate in quality afterschool programs have higher school attendance and academic achievement, are less likely to be involved in risky behaviors during the afterschool hours. AASPs are supported by school, community, public and private partnerships. AASPs offer a broad range of educational, recreational and culturally age-appropriate activities that integrate what happens in the school day. AASPs also provide working parents with a safe place for their children. Youth and family involvement in program planning and implementation is a key component. Programs operate five-days-a-week during the regular school year and may elect to operate during school breaks. Programs may also extend hours into the evening hours, particularly when serving older adolescents. 

As of July 2014, OCFS contracted with 112 community-based organizations to provide AASPs to approximately 15,000 children and youth. In April of 2014, OCFS issued a Request for Proposals for $10.9 million in funds to incorporated not-for-profit, community-based organizations and faith-based organizations to serve school-age children. Awards are expected to be announced in July with a contract start date of September 2014. 

Appropriation level/funding source/SFY 2014-2015:

Total funding = $17,755,300: $17,255,300 in State funds and $500,000 in Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funds

  1. Outcomes and Performance Targets:

The Advantage After School Programs are designed around four program outcomes and three performance targets.

The Advantage After School Program Outcomes are:

  • To improve the social, emotional, academic and vocational competencies of school-age children;
  • To prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock adolescent pregnancies;
  • To reduce other negative behaviors such as violence and crime; tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse; disengagement from school; school suspension; and truancy and health-compromising behaviors; and
  • To provide parents with a safe after school environment for their children.

Advantage After School Programs have three performance target areas that relate to the achievement of these four program outcomes.

The performance target areas are:

  • Child Performance – a measurement of how children that regularly attend the after school program will enhance their academic achievement.
  • Youth Involvement/Attendance - a measurement of program quality as demonstrated by the consistency of attendance by the children enrolled in the after school program.
  • Parental/Guardian Involvement – a measurement of program quality as demonstrated by parent satisfaction and participation.
  1. Advantage After School Program 2014 Request for Proposals
  2. Primary Contact Person

Johnsie Hassan – Johnsie.hassan@ocfs.ny.gov

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