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ERIC Number: ED504096
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 46
Abstractor: As Provided
Current-Generation Youth Programs: What Works, What Doesn't, and at What Cost? Occasional Paper
Beckett, Megan K.
RAND Corporation
Policymakers nationwide must decide how to best invest in education and related opportunities, such as out-of-school-time programs targeting youth and early-childhood education programs. In this paper, we review the costs, benefits, and costs and benefits relative to one another for one alternative type of investment: youth programs that are offered during the time that students are not in school. Such programs are often viewed as a mechanism for addressing working parents' needs for care of their school-age children, for improving the developmental outcomes of youth, and for reducing the gap in academic achievement between advantaged youth and disadvantaged youth. At this time, the evidence of evaluations of such programs, all of which were geared to at-risk youths, is strongest for programs that are costlier and provide more-intense resources to youth. (Contains 6 tables.) [This research was sponsored by Growth & Justice.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: RAND Education
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
IES Cited: ED505962