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Program Description

Advantage After School Programs (AASP) provide 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 and 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 during 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 AASP received $33,041,000 in the State Fiscal Year 2019-20 Budget appropriation. These funds will enable OCFS to award new contracts to community-based organizations to provide after-school services for approximately 17,000 children and youth across New York State.

Appropriation level/funding source/SFY 2019-2020
Total funding in federal funds $33,041,000

Outcomes and Performance Targets

The Advantage After School Programs are designed around four program outcomes and three performance targets that relate to the achievement of the program outcomes.

Program Outcomes

  1. To improve the social, emotional, academic and vocational competencies of school-age children;
  2. To prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock adolescent pregnancies;
  3. 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
  4. To provide parents with a safe after school environment for their children.

Performance Target Areas

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.

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Advantage After School Program Awards

2019-2024 Awards

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