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.
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