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Program Resources


Summer Food Service Program (SFSP): apply and be reimbursed for serving meals that meet Federal nutritional guidelines. Sponsors receive payments from the USDA, through their State agencies, based on the number of meals they serve. All meals are served free to eligible children. To apply, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , who is the Virginia Department of Health contact for the SFSP. Phone: 1-877-618-7282.

Edible Education: Hands-On Lessons for Healthy Living: brings whole food and people together, back to the basics of cooking and enjoing real food.

Virginia Preservice Training for Child Care Staff: free health and safety preservice course that is required for all Virginia Child Care Subsidy Vendors and thier staff.

SOHO Center: provides new, high-quality children's books to over 1,000 Head Start classrooms and hundreds of early childhood and after-school programs in Virginia through book giveaways.

Virginia Health Information Website: 24/7 online resource providing reliable national, state, and county-specific resources and information about health, safety, and nutrition.

DimensionU: engaging and interactive multiplayer video games that focus on core skills in mathematics and literacy.

CodeVa: resources for computer science teachers that teach elementary, middle or high school students.

Virginia STEAM Academy: recommended books.

Virginia PTA: resources for students, families, and teachers/administrators.

Legacy Chess Academy: this game teaches everything you need to know about achieving your goals. The values of patience, discipline, creativity, focus, and preparation.  



Planning to start an afterschool program? Congratulations! With just 15% of children enrolled in afterschool programs around the nation, you will be providing a much needed opportunity for young people and families in your community. There is no definitive approach to starting an afterschool program; each community is different and the process varies depending on where you are and what type of program you plan to create.

Out-of-School Time (OST) Cost Calculator: an online tool designed to help OST providers and others estimate the costs of delivering a variety of afterschool and summer programs.

Out-of-School Time Toolkit: a variety of resources and tools to develop or strengthen out-of-school time (OST) efforts.

Kinderlime: simplifying afterschool; replace sign-in sheets and bill parents online.

Afterschool Alliance: afterschool STEM hub.

Connecting the Dots: Data Use in Afterschool Systems: presents early findings from a study of how some afterschool systems are buidling their capacity to use data to bolster their offerings. 

A Roadmap to Creating Expanded Learning Opportunities in Your Community: looking to start a new program? This book has videos, forms, checklists, and research documents for your use!

Funding for Afterschool Nutrition: Click here for a downloadable brochure on the program or visit: www.frac.org for more information.

National Children's Literacy Website: gives after-school staff, child care providers, parents, teachers, and community volunteers easy-to-understand, easy-to-implement tips to help children love reading and learn to read well.

NASA Space Place: explore, do, play.

Federal Registry for Educational Excellence: makes it easier to find digital teaching and learning resources created and maintained by the federal government and public and private organizations.

MindWorks Resources: hands-on, interactive, educational materials that engage students in multi-sensory learning experiences.

Write Brain Books: books are richly-illustrated, textless books that inspire kids of all ages to write, igniting self-expression and inventive storytelling while developing necessary 21st Century skills.

Sow Much Good: works to achieve food justice through programming and community based initiatives designed to provide equal access to organic food sources; to inspire individuals to take charge of their health and to promote healthy lifestyles through food and nutrition.

National Summer Learning Association: providing resources, guidance and expertise to the summer learning community.

Bricks for Kidz: offers fun, hands-on programs where kids ages 3-13+ can learn, build and play with LEGO® bricks.

Surprise Ride: each month a surprise theme, every month a smile. Boxes include supplies, instructions, a snack, fun facts, & more.

Education Through Entertainment and Arts Partnership: aims to inspire students with enjoyable learning experiences composed of concepts applicable to the real world.

The Animal Winner Family Board Game: great for STEM programs!

Read, Write, Think: lessons, interactives, calendar activites and more right at your finger tips.

Readorium: reading is one thing, understanding is another. Readorium helps students truly grasp the meaning of what they’re reading.

Global Oneness Project: bringing the world to your classroom.

Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR): the official skills event of Major League Baseball and is free to all hosts and participants. Interested hosts are provided administrative materials and have the freedom to implement into their programming however they see fit. This event is structured to fit into all types of programming and does not require a baseball/softball field.

GenMove: develops research-based physical and health activities that are fun, engaging, and proven to increase movement time.

Quirkles: offer a fresh way, different than that used in most regular classrooms, to integrate literacy and science that engages children with inquiry based, hands on activities.

GeoMotionTV: a revolutionary learning and fitness tool.

Thinkfinity: sponsored by Verizon Foundation's literacy, education and technology initiatives making it easy for educators to enhance their classroom instruction with lesson plans, interactive activities and other online resources. Thinkfinity.org also provides a wealth of educational and literacy resources for students, parents and after-school programs.

Reading Rockets: offers suggestions on where to turn to find children's books for your library, classroom, or literacy program and help put books into the hands and homes of young readers.

At-Risk Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP): the at-risk afterschool meals component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program offers Federal funding to afterschool programs that serve a meal or snack to children in low-income areas. To get an application for the program, call  1-877-618-7282.

Test Prep Seminars: affordable, effective and convenient SAT/ACT test preparation for students of all academic and economic backgrounds.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: online destination that provides resources to help parents and caregivers build young people's money skills.

Federal Deposit Insurance Cooporation: online destination that provides resources and tips teachers can use for financial education lessons in the classroom.

Building Financial Capability: A Planning Guide for Integrated Services: interactive guide for community-based organizations interested in integrating financial capability services into existing programs (e.g. housing, job training, or Head Start).

Financial Literacy and Education Commission: mangaging and growing money.

The California Afterschool Resource Center: contains vetted materials available to CA 21st CCLC and ASES grantees.

eSchool: technology News for Today's K-20 Educator.

The National Women’s Law Center: working to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility of child care, with a special emphasis on ways to expand public and private financing of the changes needed to achieve these goals.

Great Schools: using National Referral Sources to Find Local Resources and local professionals to find services for children with special needs.

Arts & Scraps: a non-profit organization that recycles industrial scraps into low cost learning and creative material. You can visit their location to stuff a bag with materials and get free program planning and purchase complete kits for 25 with instructions. They will also visit your site for staff or youth workshops, bringing the ScrapMobile, a 26’ bus.

The National Collaboration for Youth: has recently released a series of afterschool toolkits, titled, "Partnerships for After-School Success " toolkits. The toolkits provide research supporting the need for school-CBO partnerships; successful strategies for creating and sustaining partnerships; and checklists and tools. Though the information is similiar in both packets; one is specifically written for community-based organizations and the other is for local education agencies and state education agencies. The toolkits, which range from 1 to 3 pages, are web-based only.


In this toolkit, you will find a variety of resources and tools for your United Way to use to develop or strengthen OST efforts in your local communities.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:37