ERIC Number: ED427848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Making the Most of Out-of-School Time. Executive Summary: Interim Findings from an Evaluation Conducted by Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago.
Halpern, Robert; Spielberger, Julie; Robb, Sylvan; Stevens, Rachel
The University of Chicago's Chapin Hall Center for Children evaluated the progress of the Making the Most of Out-of-School Time (MOST) Initiative in Boston, Chicago, and Seattle. MOST's goals are to improve the supply, accessibility, affordability and quality of school-age care, especially for low-income children; and to strengthen the overall coherence of school-age care as a system. School-age care is defined as organized activities for children ages 5-14, especially for families in low-income communities, that occur during non-school hours, including before- and after-school programs, child care centers, summer programs, sports leagues, tutoring and mentoring programs, and cultural and arts programs. The goals of the evaluation included identifying the attributes/characteristics and supply of school age child care in each city, and assessing the effectiveness of the MOST strategies in each city. The interim findings of the Chapin Hall evaluation show that communities must develop a system that includes: (1) providers that offer direct services to children and families, intermediary organizations, and city and state agencies; (2) long term quality improvement of school-age care programs which includes technical assistance from outside the program, staff support, and parent involvement; (3) the role of private and public sector funding; and (4) the importance of diverse partnerships that bring together schools, community organizations, and the private sector. (JPB)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Child Welfare, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Low Income Groups, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Poverty Programs, Program Evaluation, School Age Day Care, School Community Relationship, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Services
Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, 1313 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637; Tel: 773-753-5900; Fax: 773-753-5940; Web site: www.chapin.uchicago.edu
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL. Chapin Hall Center for Children.