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ERIC Number: ED502844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
New England After 3 PM: Spotlight on Maine
Afterschool Alliance
The Afterschool Alliance and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation have been exploring the answers to questions like these throughout New England in a series of reports designed to examine afterschool in the region today. "Spotlight on Maine" is the fifth installment of the Afterschool Alliance's "New England After 3 PM" series, and the first to focus exclusively on afterschool and summer programs in Maine. The first four installments focused on afterschool in Connecticut (ED498157), Massachusetts, New Hampshire (ED502954) and Rhode Island (ED498162), exploring the views of parents, program providers, municipal leaders, principals and superintendents. In developing "Spotlight on Maine," the Afterschool Alliance worked with the Maine Afterschool Network, in cooperation with the Maine Principals' Association, to survey school principals in the state. The survey, distributed via the Internet in May 2008, asked Maine school principals about their views on school-based afterschool and summer programs in their communities and the role these programs play in supporting student success. The Afterschool Alliance received responses from 194 school principals, representing more than one-third of the 525 principals contacted through the Maine Principals' Association. All responses are voluntary and anonymous. In this survey, school leaders voice strong support for afterschool and summer programs. Almost all principals surveyed say that it's important for all children and youth to have access to quality, affordable summer programs, and a majority agrees that high-quality summer learning opportunities should primarily focus on a balance of enrichment, recreational activities and academics. Principals throughout the state say that there are many more students who would benefit from participating in a summer program; however, they do not have enough funding to meet the demand. Maine principals also say that afterschool programs are an absolute necessity and that federal and state elected officials are not doing all they should to meet the need for afterschool and summer programs in their communities. (Contains 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance
Identifiers - Location: Maine