After School Research

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America After 3PM Survey Reports More Parents Enrolling Kids in Summer Programs

A recent research report from America After 3 PM reveals that there is growing interest expressed by parents in enrolling their children into summer learning programs, with 51% of surveyed families indicating that they want their children to participate in a summer program. Furthermore, the percentage of families reporting at least one child enrolled in a summer learning program has significantly risen from 25% to 33% in the past four years. These trends are consistent with an increasing number of parents supporting public funding for these summer programs.

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Summer and After-school Programs Provide a Jump on Common Core

Many California school districts are discovering that their after school and summer programs have already been teaching towards the recently implemented Common Core state standards. With activities that draw upon critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills, out-of-school time programs have emphasized the new standards as a means to improve student learning that does not focus solely on lecture-style teaching. Many reports have indicated that expanded learning time is a great opportunity for educators to introduce and master the new state standards.

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California Afterschool Advocacy Brief

The California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance (CA3) has recently released a brief which supports the funding of afterschool programs through the use of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The brief argues that using LCFF dollars would expand programs to a wider range of schools across California, therefore increasing the reach to students, and enhance program quality.
With evidence from California-specific research, the brief outlines three primary reasons why the LCFF funds should be used towards afterschool programs:

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Putting Summer to Work: Summer Matters Report

The Summer Matters Campaign has released three reports that emphasize the positive impact that high-quality summer learning programs can have on students and teachers across six communities in California. Using data collected from previous summer programs and intensive research, the reports provide guidelines for facilitators on how to support students’ growth and further staff professional development.

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NAEP Report

As announced by the release of the 2013 National Assessment for Educational Progress Report on November 7, students in California continue to trail behind other states in the subjects of reading and math. While there has been demonstrated progress, fourth graders were ranked 47th in both areas, while eighth graders ranked 45th in math and 42nd in reading.

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