Afterschool, summer, expanded learning time, and other expanded learning opportunities, including those as components of community schools, that provide students with additional learning and enrichment outside traditional school hours play a crucial role for New York families and students.
These programs are in high demand across the state, however, many children and youth who would participate in a program are unable to due to a lack of availability. This forces parents into difficult choices between safety and employment, depriving an estimated 1.1 million students of the chance to be supported in their intellectual, social, and emotional development.
New York’s patchwork of funding sources and oversight creates incredible opportunities for some and leaves other areas with few programs. We have some of the best programs in the nation, but no comprehensive assessment of the return on the state’s investment and limited capacity to share best practices across the state, especially outside New York City.
The Network for Youth Success seeks to increase access to programs for all students in need of a safe place to learn when school is not in session and to ensure that those programs are offering high-quality services. We make recommendations related to federal and state funding for expanded learning opportunities, provide testimony in support of those recommendations, track the history of public funding, and keep the media informed of important issues in this field.
NOMINATE SOMEONE GREAT! Do you know someone working in our field that deserves to be recognized for all their hard work? Someone who goes above and beyond advocating for the field? A program that is doing innovative things? If so, read the criteria below and nominate them for an award that best suits their excellence. Winners will be celebrated at our Annual Conference this coming spring. Nomination deadline is December 1, 2023 The awards available are:The Quality Leadership AwardThe Exemplary Award of ProfessionalismThe Program Award of Excellence and InnovationThe Champion AwardThe Regional Network Leader Award Nominate someone here: ... See MoreSee Less
Join us in celebrating Computer Science Week from December 4-12! Look at @codeorg to learn how to extend the Hour of Code beyond school hours. After-school programs can participate in this initiative by adding their location to the global map. You can also explore the wide range of events worldwide by visiting bit.ly/3ugp2zr. ... See MoreSee Less
STEM Activities for Families: Family engagement is a key factor in developing a positive STEM identity and success in STEM. These easy-to-implement, hands-on activities can be shared with families. The activities focus on engineering, technology, and math skills and content. ... See MoreSee Less
Looking for fun and engaging activities for your program? Check out this NASA inspired activities ready to be implemented tomorrow! The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: A collection of fun and easy activities for ages 4-18 that cover a broad spectrum—everything from designing devices to addressing climate change to coding. ... See MoreSee Less
Looking for fun and engaging activities for your program? Check out this NASA inspired activities ready to be implemented tomorrow! STEM Lessons From Space: Mathematics: A collection of math and engineering activities, videos, and resources with a focus on the International Space Station. ... See MoreSee Less
Looking for fun and engaging activities for your program? Check out this NASA inspired activities ready to be implemented tomorrow! Welcome to Space Math @ NASA: A collection of math videos, books, and activities that are sorted by grade level, science topic, NASA missions, and engineering topics. All activities are based on NASA Mission and projects. ... See MoreSee Less
Looking for fun and engaging activities for your program? Check out this NASA inspired activities ready to be implemented tomorrow! Hands-On Math: Fraction Math Trees: This fun, hands-on, kinesthetic and visual approach to learning about fractions produces “math art”. ... See MoreSee Less