Thursday, October 4, 2012

What's New at C4K?

Did you happen to hear bells tolling or fourteen choruses of “hallelujah”?  If you did then you are already aware that the C4K system is complete!  We’ve been working through the kinks for several years.  It is like pulling at a thread until the entire tangled ball unravels.  We made a commitment to “measure” many times before we “cut” and it has finally paid off.  For several years we have been proud of our product.  We believe that we have a great staff development system to support high-quality afterschool programs that are supported by exemplary performance.  We are proud of our Program Made EZ Lesson Plans and activities, units, kits and toolboxes that you can purchase from our online store.  We believe that the website provides a place for afterschool professionals to come and share best practices as well as the great work they’re doing.  In other words, we’ve been pleased with our work that you interact with.  What we’ve been working on is the systems behind the scene.  How do we track, guide, and support the work going on?  How do we create user-friendly interfaces and tools that make it easy to get the most out of the website?  How do we build a more effective Learning Management System that will allow you to assign, track and monitor your staff?  What tools do we need to help get new sites and users up to speed quickly and in a nearly-automated way?  These are the things that we’ve been working on and we are thrilled that it’s ready to launch.
We believe that as we shift gears we will be able to double the number of youth we’ve served from 5 million to 10 million relatively quickly.  We are ready to share our website with the world and our finalized marketing system will allow us to take this out to people in all fifty states and around the world.  The C4K dream is becoming a reality and our thanks goes out to our CEO, Brett Zandes.  He has insisted that we stay the course, and in hindsight, it was the best course we could have traveled.

As we expand, we invite you to sign-up to help.  We are always looking for people.  We have opportunities for you to invest in a cause you believe in with time, money, introductions to others, or, better yet, in all three ways.  Check us out and become part of the C4K Team.  Let us know how you would be willing to help.

Photo via (cc) Flickr user Sterlic

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