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QUALITY

Quality out-of-school time programs are a powerful tool to help youth develop the skills needed for the 21st century workplace. Quality programs are flexible and deliberate, growing and adapting constantly to meet the needs of all youth. What does quality look like?

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STEM

Nearly 80% of future careers will require some Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills. Out-of-school time programs are uniquely positioned to support STEM learning through hands-on, project-based activities that expand on concepts from the school day.

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PROGRAM DIRECTORY

Search our Directory of out-of-school time programs throughout Arizona for a program near you! Available in English and Spanish, the Directory is searchable by location, availability, cost, specialty and more!
 

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QUALITY

Quality out-of-school time programs are a powerful tool to help youth develop the skills needed for the 21st century workplace. Quality programs are flexible and deliberate, growing and adapting to meet the needs of all youth.

Read More

STEM

Nearly 80% of future careers will require some Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills. Out-of-school time programs are uniquely positioned to support STEM learning through hands-on, project-based activities.

Read More

PROGRAM DIRECTORY

Search our Directory of out-of-school time programs throughout Arizona for a program near you! Available in English and Spanish, the Directory is searchable by location, availability, cost, specialty and more!

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ABOUT US

AZ Center for Afterschool ExcellenceThe Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence is dedicated to the enhancement of child and youth development and educational achievement through quality afterschool programming.

SCHOOL’S OUT, MAKE IT COUNT

School’s Out, Make It Count!, available in both English and Spanish, is intended to capture the fun, exciting, and diverse enrichment opportunities offered outside the classroom. Help Make It Count for the youth in your city or town! Watch this video and share it with schools, parents, and community leaders to help spread the message that quality out-of-school time opportunities have an important role to play in preparing youth for college, work and life.


Make It Count Pledge

The Make It Count Pledge represents a commitment to delivering quality out-of-school time programming for Arizona kids. Programs that sign the Make It Count Pledge use the Arizona Quality Standards for Out-of-School Time Programs to LIFT their programs to new heights of quality!

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Event Calendar

The Professional Development Calendar features upcoming trainings, webinars, conferences and other professional development opportunities for out-of-school time professionals in Arizona. View upcoming professional development events or add one of your own!

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The @fterschool Advisor

Our semimonthly newsletter, the @fterschool Advisor, features local and national out-of-school time program news, upcoming events, featured funding opportunities, job postings and more. Subscribe to our newsletter today and stay up to date with the OST field!

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