Every Hour Counts

Every Hour Counts is pleased to announce the release of our Return to School Guide, a collection of resources that emerged from the field's collective pivot to ensure that the transition back to school this fall met the needs of young people, their families, and their communities. 

These resources reflect the responsiveness of our network and other national organizations and demonstrate how afterschool systems are primed to support young people and their persistence amidst missed learning and enrichment opportunities.

The guide showcases 45 resources and will to continue to grow as we surface the artifacts our network and national organizations created to help afterschool intermediaries, providers, educators, families, and community leaders ensure that young people are set up to thrive this school year and beyond--in spite of the shared trauma experienced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and escalated racial violence and reckoning.

Featured Tools & Resources

COVID Relief, Reopening Roadmaps & Toolkits

Ready to Reopen Toolkit from The Opportunity Project in Tulsa, OK supports Out-of-School Time programs restarting after COVID-19 closures in 2020.

Racial Equity

Building a New Generation of Equity through Policy Change developed by Youthprise, is a multi-year, youth-centered, and youth-informed policy agenda within three key impact areas—learning & leadership, economic opportunity, and health & safety—that will give rise to a new generation of equity.

Practitioner Support

The Unseen Essential Industry from Denver Afterschool Alliance tells the compelling story of the critical work Out-of-School Time providers have played during the pandemic, with spotlights on local providers and their stories from the field.


Elevate Community Center

Elevate Community Center works to promote self-sufficiency and financial stability in historically underserved communities by providing education and legal services. Our offerings include financial literacy workshops and counseling, as well as legal services aimed to remove barriers to employment and housing (criminal record expungement, record sealing, appeals for wrongful denial of housing and employment, as well as legal services for small businesses). We are based in Santa Clara County, but provide services to surrounding counties such as Alameda, Contra Costa, Merced, San Joaquin, and San Francisco. We currently provide legal services to many Alameda county residents, and have working partnerships with agencies providing services to Alameda county such as Five Keys, FLY, and Defy Ventures. 


Services can be requested directly online at or by calling 408-357-9538. Thank you.


Other Grants and Funding


Meetings and Trainings


Contracting with the City of Oakland: Workshop on 11/5


The Oakland Fund for Children and Youth, Department of Violence Prevention, City Administrator's Office and the Department of Workplace and Employment Standards and its Contracts & Compliance Division held a workshop on November 5, 2021 on the requirements for contracting with the City of Oakland. Resources from the workshop are available here:





InPlay: Fill your classes: list in Oakland's new Activity Guide

InPlay is a non-profit partner with the City of Oakland, OUSD and the Oakland Summer Learning Network connecting families with out-of-school programs. Visit the site at: Parents search InPlay's free website to access hundreds of local and affordable after-school and summer programs. Email to get listed.