ERIC Number: ED484826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Reference Count: 75
Understanding and Measuring Attendance in Out-of-School Time Programs. Issues and Opportunities in Out-of-School Time Evaluation. Number 7
Harvard Family Research Project
A growing evidence base suggests that participation in out-of-school time (OST) programs can make a positive difference in the lives of young people. Researchers and practitioners assert that high quality, organized OST activities have the potential to support and promote youth development because they:(1) situate youth in safe environments; (2) prevent youth from engaging in delinquent activities; (3) teach youth general and specific skills, beliefs, and behaviors; and (4) provide opportunities for youth to develop relationships with peers and mentors. In fact, evidence increasingly shows that youth participation in quality OST activities influences their current outcomes, which in turn impact outcomes into adulthood. Participation in OST activities is predictive of academic success as measured through test scores, absenteeism, school dropout rates, homework completion, school grades, and course enrollment. Further, some suggest that OST programs can provide the opportunity to develop critical "21st century" skills that include problem solving and interpersonal and communication skills, as well as proficiency in the basics.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, MA.