Making the Case for Out-of-School Time


‘Expanded Learning Time: A Summary of Findings from Case Studies in Four States’

The Center for Education Policy has recently released: ‘Expanded Learning Time: A Summary of Findings from Case Studies in Four States.’  This article focuses on seventeen case study sites in Connecticut, Colorado, Oregon, and Virginia, outlining how various sites adopt strategies for expanding learning time in response to the implementation of new federal requirements.


RAND Releases First Student Outcome Findings from Major Summer Learning Study

The Wallace Foundation in partnership with the RAND Corporation have conducted a study to determine the effect of high-quality summer programs have on student academic success. The first set of results of a randomized controlled trial have been published in the report Ready for Fall? Near-Term Effects of Voluntary Summer Learning Programs on Low-Income Students’ Learning Opportunities and Outcomes.  This report outlines initial findings which describe a positive correlation between participation in summer learning programs and math academic performance. Access the full publication. 


California Ranks Number One for After School!
Although More Work Remains Before All Children Have Access to a Program

The Afterschool Alliance recently released America After 3PM, during an audio news conference featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Afterschool Alliance Executive Director, Jodi Grant. America After 3PM is a national household survey that assesses participation, access, public support for after school, and family satisfaction with after school programs.


Grantmakers for Education’s Recent Report Reveals Important Information About After School Programs

A recent report released by Grantmakers for Education and the Wallace Foundation focuses on the value and importance of after school programs in children’s academic experience. However, a major problem that the expanded learning time field faces is the shortage of quality after school programs in comparison to the demand. This report, by surveying a variety of grant makers, practitioners, researchers, educators, and advocates, seek to find out where the field currently stands, obstacles the field must overcome, and how to make progress.


Omnibus Spending Bill Ensures Renewed Federal Support for After School, Summer Learning

On January 13, 2014, House and Senate appropriators released the Omnibus Appropriations Bill which restores the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative. The bill allocates additional funds that support after school and summer programs. With the additional funding, over 60,000 children will have access to quality after school programs.

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New Report and Webinar Outlines Strategies for Effective District/Expanded Learning Program Partnerships

The Partnership for Children & Youth recently released Time Well Spent: School district strategies to help students get the most from expanded learning time.  The report examines diverse partnership models, documents successful mutually beneficial partnership strategies, highlights common successes and challenges, and provides tips for effective practice. 

Access the Time Well Spent report

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America After 3PM

Each afternoon across the U.S., 15 million children–more than a quarter of our children–are alone and unsupervised after school. The parents of 18 million would enroll their children in an afterschool program, if one were available. These are some of the key findings from the nation’s most in-depth study of how America’s children spend their afternoons. America After 3PM was sponsored by the JCPenney Afterschool Fund. The 2009 report, conducted for the Afterschool Alliance, surveyed nearly 30,000 households across the United States.

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Follow the Money: A Tool for Mapping Funds for Out-of-School-Time Initiatives November 2009)
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This tool draws upon selected examples of fiscal mapping research by statewide afterschool networks that track funding for out-of-school time programs. The tool provides an overview of fiscal mapping – a research approach that identifies the current expenditures for services for children and youth and their families. Organized into three parts, the tool provides an overview of the six steps in completing a fiscal mapping process, considerations and strategies for data collection, and worksheets to help readers collect the data itself. 

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Summer Programs for Youth: Opportunities, Challenges and Innovations

This issue brief summarizes findings from a review of programs intended to identify challenges and innovations of 26 linked summer programs across the United States. Linked summer programs connect what happens in school, afterschool, and summer settings. The brief identifies opportunities programs pursue, summarizing the range of goals and breadth or scope of programming at the sites reviewed; discusses three areas of challenge identified by a range of programs; and presents sites’ innovations in response to these challenges.

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California Leads the Nation in After-School Investment

This report, recently released by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California outlines California’s groundbreaking commitment to after school programs. It outlines that California’s investment in after school programs is concentrated in low-income, high-need neighborhoods. The report outlines the investment that has been made in after school programs by county and legislative district. The report also documents that while California is making a considerable investment in after school programs, there is still a large unmet need for after school programs in California.

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2010 California Report Card: Setting the Agenda for Children

This report, recently released by Children Now, identifies many critical issues affecting children’s well being and threatening to compromise public health and the economy. The report assigns letter grades to individual issues. This year, California received a “B+” in afterschool programs. This letter grade reflects the state’s national leadership in providing extended learning opportunities.

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The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and corporations to address hunger and its root cause, poverty.

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Promoting ELL Parental Involvement

A recent policy brief released by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice analyzes factors related to parent involvement among English Language Learners in the United States. The authors recommend a strength-based approach to building family involvement programs in ELL communities and encourage policymakers to support culturally relevant and nontraditional programs as well as community-based parent programs and appropriate teacher preparation. 

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The 2008 California Report Card: The State of the State’s Children

Children now recently released this publication outlining the status of child health and development in California by assigning letter grades to key individual determinants, such as health insurance, education, and obesity. The report outlines the impact of such factors on financial cost and future social issues. It also outlines areas in which progress can be made in 2008. 

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The After School Landscape in California: Opportunities of the After School Education and Safety Program Act.

This policy brief provides an overview of current after school developments in California and the opportunities and challenges they create for those who provide physical activity and nutrition programs for youth, including the differences between programs run by local education agencies and those run by community-based programs, and how programs are implementing physical activity and nutrition components.