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ERIC Number: ED499208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 47
Abstractor: ERIC
Lessons Learned about Effective Policies and Practices for Out of School Time Programming
Partee, Glenda L.
American Youth Policy Forum
The report, compiled from visits by groups of policymakers, discusses the challenges to out-of-school-time (OST) program implementation, including issues of going to scale, state and local roles and responsibilities, funding and sustainability, the role of intermediaries and advocates, and the relationship between OST programming and academic achievement. The report offers such recommendations as the expanding OST opportunities for older youth and in rural areas; ensuring consistent quality while providing for variability across programs; embedding OST strategies into school reform efforts; and establishing clear and consistent expectations, policies and goals. This report divides into four chapters. Chapter I summarizes insights and major lessons derived from this three-year study and offers recommendations. Chapter II provides an overview of issues in out-of-school-time programming, policy and strategies, including roles and responsibilities of government; funding and sustainability; intermediaries and advocates; the relationship between out-of-school-time programming and academic achievement; and issues of local implementation. To ground the reader in the basic components of OST programs, Chapter III contains a description of two OST school-based models--community schools and Beacons--then focuses on the added value that OST programs represent for schools and communities, discussing the many practical and public policy purposes to which OST programs have been applied. Because there is a great need for more programming focused on older youth, Chapter IV, describes a number of programs, both school- and community-based that serve this population as well as "other" voluntary youth activities for older youth in the out-of-school-time.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: American Youth Policy Forum, Washington, DC.