Our Strategic Partners

ACT Now!
Afterschool for Children and Teens Now is a campaign to give all young people in Illinois access to quality afterschool programs. ACT Now! is supported by Illinois families, educators, business leaders, community advocates, youth organizations, and government.  We believe that an increased public commitment to young people beyond the traditional school day is a crucial part of their growth into productive, healthy adults. In order for afterschool programs to be successful, they must be rooted in neighborhoods and have the support and involvement of parents, local civic and community organizations, and local businesses. To learn more, their website address is www.actnowillinois.org

Champions, a division of KinderCare Education
School Partnerships Champions®, formerly known as KLC School Partnerships®, is the nation’s leading provider of extended learning, enrichment and targeted academic intervention solutions that address specific school and community needs. For more information, please visit their website at www.discoverchampions.com

Illinois Action for Children
Illinois Action for Children provides access to resources, community, advocacy – and represents an alliance of individuals and groups dedicated to empowering and supporting parents, child care providers and family service programs. Its mission is to create a common voice and vision for advancing high quality and accessible programs that foster the development, health and well-being of all Illinois children. To learn more, their website address is www.actforchildren.org

Illinois Children Mental Health Partnership
The Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP) is committed to improving the scope, quality and access of mental health programs, services and supports for Illinois children. The Partnership believes that a comprehensive, coordinated approach to healthy social and emotional development, prevention, early intervention and treatment will help Illinois children and their families live healthier, happier lives with a better chance for a brighter future.

Illinois Collaboration on Youth
The Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) works to ensure the health and safety of Illinois youth and families by providing capacity-building services — training, technical assistance, and policy advocacy.  ICOY focuses on developing and strengthening the systemic, community and individual supports necessary for our youth to have safe childhoods, and eventually, prosperous and healthy adulthoods. We strive to reduce youth involvement in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

The Illinois Department of Human Services
DHS was created in 1997 to provide Illinois residents with streamlined access to integrated services, especially those who are striving to move from welfare to work and economic independence, and others who face multiple challenges to self-sufficiency. DHS is proud of its diversity, efficiency, and the services that the agency and its community partners provide to Illinois citizens. Their Mission is to assist customers to achieve maximum self-sufficiency, independence and health through the provision of seamless, integrated services for individuals, families and communities. To learn more,  www.dhs.state.il.us

National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST)
For more than two decades, NIOST has been the national leader in providing highly interactive, research-based training for directors and staff, school administrators, community leaders, and others committed to providing high quality afterschool programs for children and youth.  To learn more, visit www.niost.org

Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
The Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) is a statewide organization which — in partnership with its 16 partner Child Care Resources and Referral (CCR&R) agencies — is a recognized leader, catalyst and resource for making high quality, affordable early care and education options available for children and families in Illinois.  To learn more, visit www.inccrra.org

Illinois Park and Recreation Association
The Illinois Park and Recreation Association is one of the largest and most respected park and recreation associations in the country. IPRA is a not-for-profit organization and a public interest group whose members share a common goal – providing quality park and recreation opportunities for the people of Illinois. IPRA provides special interest groups that offer seminars and networking opportunities among members who share common work settings, situations and interests. For more information, please visit their website at www.il-ipra.org

Illinois Principals Association
The mission of the Illinois Principals Association (IPA) is to advance learning through effective educational leadership.  With over 4200 Members including Principals, Assistant Principals, Deans and other educational leaders, the IPA lives out its mission by providing Members high quality service through professional development, networking, and advocacy.  For more information, please visit their website at www.ilprincipals.org

Illinois Teen Reach Programs
The Illinois Department of Human Services implemented the Teen REACH program (Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Caring and Hope) in an effort to provide positive youth activities during non-school hours. Through prevention-focused activities, Teen REACH programs seek to expand the range of choices and opportunities that enable, empower and encourage youth from ages 6 through 17 to achieve positive growth and development, improve expectations and capacities for future success and avoid and/or reduce risk-taking behavior. To learn more about Teen Reach programs, please contact Dave Robisch, Program Director at Dave.Robisch@illinois.gov.

National Afterschool Association (NAA)
Mission
The National AfterSchool Association is the leading voice of the afterschool profession dedicated to the development, education and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours.
History
The National AfterSchool Association, formerly the National School-Age Care Alliance, was founded in 1987. The National School-Age Care Alliance grew out of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, NAEYC, as the special interest group and ultimate association for professionals working with school age children and youth.

The only professional association in the afterschool field, NAA represents over 9,000 members and 38 state affiliate organizations. For more information, please visit their website at www.naaweb.org.

21st Century Community Learning Centers
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 made several significant changes to the program. These changes ensure that the program focuses on helping children in high-needs schools succeed academically through the use of scientifically based practice and extended learning time. The new statute also provides additional State and local flexibility in how funds can be used to support higher academic achievement, and dramatically expands eligibility for 21st CCLC funding to public and private educational and youth-serving organizations.