Research has found that the quality of an afterschool program plays an integral role in its ability to positively impact students academic, social and emotional development. Fortunately, more and more programs are recognizing the critical role of data and more resources and tools are becoming available to help programs put the data to use in order to best meet the needs of their students.
This article mainly looks at the academic and social benefits of afterschool programs, but many references cite research done about LA’s BEST afterschool program that looks at the long term economic benefit of afterschool programs; essentially looking at lower dropout rates and lower rates of juvenile delinquency among students within this LA program.
This report links existing research about positive outcomes of afterschool programming with promising practices in high-quality programs across the nation, highlighting successful strategies for improving program design, staff quality, partnerships, and program evaluation.
The study offers the opinion of three different business executives regarding afterschool programs and the types of social and professional skills that they foster. This is a great qualitative source that supports the economic benefits of afterschool programming, as these are business leaders that are saying that afterschool programs are necessary to better prepare students for the labor force.
Compares gains of well-off and impoverished students during the school year and then during the summer, and finds that they make similar gains during the year, but the disadvantaged demographic falls behind mainly during the summer years. Offers ten conclusions to better summer learning practices and gather political support behind the importance of summer learning in fighting the achievement gap.
This lengthy best practice analysis of summer programs looks at a variety of model policies and policy alternatives throughout the US and analyzes the effective aspects of each set of programs. The study identifies seven best practices, and provides at least one state or local program that strongly exemplifies this characteristic.
Identifies three model programs that were recognized in 2012 as Excellence in Summer Learning Award Winners. These three programs will be used to fill in the rest of the model program/policy recommendations section of the summer learning program issue brief.
Afterschool programs are an ideal partner to help schools break down the barriers often present between parents and schools. They bring unique opportunities to the table that can work to improve parent engagement in students’ learning. Together, schools and afterschool programs can help increase parent engagement, paving the road for students to achieve academic success, become more self-confident and enhance their overall well-being.
Research finds that parents miss an average of eight daysof work per year due to the lack of afterschool care for their children. Decreased worker productivity related to parental concerns about afterschool care costs businesses up to $300 billion per year.
The hours between 3 and 6pm are when kids are often unsupervised and most likely to participate in risky behavior, commit crimes, or be victimized by crimes. Strong support and guidance are critical to middle schoolers during a life stage that shapes their trajectory into high school, college, career and beyond.
In the hours after the school day ends, millions of children and teens are out on the streets with neither constructive activities nor adult supervision, violent juvenile crime suddenly triples and the prime time for juvenile crime begins.
The research highlighted here finds that afterschool is a solution linked to closing the achievement gap when students attend regularly for several years. A multi-year study found that students’ work habits and academic performance improve, in addition to gains in self-efficacy, task persistence, and pro-social behavior.
This infographic highlights the difference in opportunities available that are available to students living in poverty compared to those from middle-class families, and the effects it has on their education.
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
Looking for fun and engaging activities for your program? Check out this NASA inspired activities ready to be implemented tomorrow! Build a Pizza Box Solar Oven: Use easily found materials to create an oven where students can cook s’mores. The activity answers the question “What has engineering got to do with me?” in a way that is fun. ... See MoreSee Less