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ERIC Number: ED500759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Making The Case: A Fact Sheet on Children and Youth on Out-of-School Time
Wellesley Centers for Women
Research on school-age children (those between the ages of 5 and 12) indicates that an estimated 4 million regularly spend time without adult supervision. There is growing evidence that quality out-of-school opportunities matter, complementing environments created by schools and families and providing important "nutrients" that deter failure and promote success, in ways that are observable and measurable. This publication highlights a variety of benefits and challenges of after-school programs, including: (1) Health and well-being; (2) Growing need for 21st century skills; (3) Out-of-school time workforce; (4) Economic costs and benefits; (5) Public support; (6) Trends in public funding; and (7) Strengthening the field. The report advocates that after-school programs should complement, rather than duplicate, services offered in the school and community in order to reach more students and sustain funding, while retaining familiarity with the local school improvement plan in order to enhance program quality. (Contains 73 endnotes.)
Wellesley Centers for Women. Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02841. Tel: 781-283-2510; Fax: 781-283-2504; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. National Inst. on Out-of-School Time.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A