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.
The Advantage After School Program (AASP) is pleased to announce that the State Fiscal Year 2016-17 Budget appropriation is $22,255,300, which is a $3 million increase from last year. This additional $3 million will enable OCFS to make additional awards from the AASP 2014 Request for Proposals (RFP). These additional awards will result in contracts beginning September 1, 2016.
As of 9/1/16 OCFS will be contracting with 137 community-based organizations to provide after-school services at 176 program sites for approximately 17,000 children and youth across New York State.
Appropriation level/funding source/SFY 2016-2017
Total funding in State funds = $22,255,300.
2. 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.
3. Primary Contact Person
Johnsie Hassan – Johnsie.firstname.lastname@example.org