Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence

Successful Children and Youth, Empowering Professionals, Effective Public Policy

aka AzCASE   |   PHOENIX, AZ   |  www.azafterschool.org

Mission

Our Mission at AzCASE is to promote accessible, high-quality expanded learning opportunities for all Arizona children and youth by focusing on professional development, advocacy, and capacity building in the out-of-school time community.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Courtney Sullivan

Main address

4323 N. 12th Street Suite 202

PHOENIX, AZ 85014 USA

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EIN

86-1009220

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Because young people spend 80% of their waking hours outside of school, the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence exists help improve public awareness and support for learning and personal development in those out-of-school hours. An estimated 10.2 million children participate in afterschool programs each year. Today, afterschool programs are viewed as much more than just childcare. They are widely credited as the way to enhance education in STEM, literacy, the arts, social and emotional learning, health and wellness, and more.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Quality Program Pledge

Out-of-school time programs throughout the state to sign the Make It Count Pledge, representing a commitment to delivering quality out-of-school time programming for Arizona kids.

Make It Count programs use Schools Out, Make It Count: Arizona Quality Standards for Out-of-School Time Programs to LIFT - Learn, Implement, Fine-Tune and Teach - their programs to new heights of quality:

LEARN • Review, reflect, set goals, research
IMPLEMENT • Experiment, try new approaches, engage partners
FINE-TUNE • Measure, tweak practices, set new goals
TEACH • Share what you learn, train others

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Arizona Quality Standards for Out-of-School Time Programs is the first step of a three-step continuous quality improvement process. Step two will build on these standards by focusing on the adoption of an assessment tool for programs to use to further identify and refine their strengths and areas of improvement. Step three the development of a comprehensive professional development system for out-of-school time program providers and staff.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Arizona Out-of-School Time Trainer Network is a listing of professional development facilitators who specialize in training out-of-school time (OST) providers on a variety of youth development topics. From leadership skills to supporting youth social and emotional development, these trainers help OST programs meet the needs of Arizona youth and families when school is out.

The Trainer Network is designed to support the continued quality improvement efforts of Arizona OST programs by connecting providers to high-quality trainers who can work with them to coordinate relevant, in-person training and coaching. OST programs can search the Network for trainers by topics addressed, geographic regions served, cost and more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

In an effort to provide out-of-school time providers in Arizona with a viable and affordable option to national accreditation, AzCASE has taken the lead in developing an Arizona Afterschool Program Accreditation Model.

Program accreditation is the ultimate indicator of program quality –quality that lends itself to improved outcomes for children, youth and families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

AzCASE sponsors an annual statewide Out-of-School Time Professional Development Conference for out-of-school time staff and administrators to keep abreast of best practices, new curriculum and the latest research about youth development in the out-of-school hours

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of programs who have signed the Pledge to Quality

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Quality Program Pledge

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of programs who have submitted their Az Quality Standards Assesment Tool (AzQSAT) scores

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Arizona OST Standards

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of registered programs who used any of the resources provided post-assessment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Arizona OST Standards

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of registered programs who have created a Continuous Quality Improvement Plan

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Arizona OST Standards

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Out-of-School Time staff participating in professional development offered by AzCASE

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

OST Trainer Network

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

OST Trainer Network

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to enhance child and youth development and their educational achievement through quality afterschool programming. AzCASE serves as a hub for advocacy, public awareness, collaboration, and partnerships to advance out-of-school time programming.

Public Awareness: Increasing public awareness about the role of out-of-school time programming to support the vital role of out-of-school-time programs in a child’s intellectual, social, emotional and physical development through the media, meetings, workshops, summits, and other communication venues.

Professional Development and Information Resource: Serving as the primary training and resource center for afterschool professionals offering development opportunities and information on best practices, cutting edge programs, curriculum and research about how to best impact a child’s successful academic, social and emotional outcomes.

Collaboration: Being the backbone organization for a statewide network of diverse stakeholders serving as a catalyst for fostering partnerships and promoting collaboration for quality out-of-school time programs.

Advocacy: Leading the public discourse on the value of out-of-school time programming and advocating for local, state and federal legislative and regulatory initiatives supporting the expansion, affordability and accessibility of public and private quality out-of-school time programs.

The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) is:
• Arizona’s leading statewide advocate and information resource for promoting high quality, affordable and accessible out-of-school time programs as an essential component in the positive development of Arizona’s youth
• One of 50 statewide afterschool networks comprising the National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (www.mott.org) These networks ensure a coherent, statewide strategy for improving out-of-school time program quality.
• Linked to a diverse, nationwide network of professionals, resources and advocates including the Afterschool Alliance, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. Our access to resources is unparalleled and unique.
• Funded by the Arizona Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families; the C.S. Mott Foundation; the Arizona Department of Education; local, state and national grants, and earned revenue from annual statewide Out-of-School Time Conference and Awards of Excellence Luncheon and other professional development training opportunities.

The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence is proud to advocate for and contribute to the expanded accessibility and quality of programs for the youth of Arizona. We are proud to partner with the many programs in schools, communities and places of faith that have joined us to provide high-quality opportunities for our youth as well as a safe place from them to grow and explore their passions and resiliency. We will continue to work together to support our youth—our future.

Financials

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence

Board of directors
as of 1/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Eva Harlow

Jeremy King

City of Tempe

Lisa Murphy

GCON, Inc

Catherine Evilsizor

21St CCLC

Gloria McGinty

Chicanos Por La Causa

Julie Euber

SARSEF

Amy Flynn

Wells Fargo

Kari Taylor

ICAN

Cynthia Garcia

City of Tempe

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/19/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/19/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.