ERIC Number: ED498161
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluations Backgrounder: A Summary of Formal Evaluations of Afterschool Programs' Impact on Behavior, Safety and Family Life
Although afterschool programs for children have been operating for many years in some communities, the afterschool movement--the great national awakening to the opportunity afterschool offers--is just a few years old. As public demand for afterschool has grown, so has the demand for accountability. That is particularly true in afterschool programs that spend public dollars. After all, where tax dollars flow, so must accountability to taxpayers. Fortunately for afterschool advocates, a number of afterschool evaluations are showing important gains for children, not only in terms of academic achievement but also in terms of safety, discipline, attendance, and avoidance of risky behaviors. In addition, researchers have found that afterschool programs encourage increased parental involvement, an important building block for student success. This updated Evaluations Backgrounder includes new or updated information from evaluations of Citizen Schools, the Boys & Girls Clubs' Project Learn, Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs, The After-School Corporation, the Ohio Urban School Initiative School Age Child Care Project, the Fort Worth Afterschool Program, Generacion Diez, Woodcraft Rangers' Nvision After School Program, YMCA of Greater New York's Virtual Y Program, and the Mahoney and Lord Study of Program Participation and Obesity. In addition, highlights from previous evaluations of well known afterschool programs such as New York City Beacons, the Maryland After School Opportunity Fund Program, and more are included. A list of the studies and their key findings is provided at the end of this document on page 21. Moreover, this compilation focuses chiefly on the impact of afterschool programs on student safety, behavior and discipline, and on the closely related topic of afterschool's effect on parents' concerns about their children's safety. Also provided are 15 related Web sites for further exploration of this subject matter. An appendix provides: "Afterschool Evaluations at a Glance."
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, School Activities, Urban Schools, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Obesity, Family Life, Discipline, After School Programs, Child Care, Accountability, Child Safety, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: California; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Texas