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ERIC Number: ED519167
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 55
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
After-School Programs and Addressing Barriers to Learning. A "Technical Aid Packet" from the Center's Clearinghouse
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA
Recent trends have resulted in schools implementing an extensive range of preventive and corrective activity oriented to students' needs and problems. Some programs are provided through a school district, others are carried out at, or linked to, targeted schools. Some are owned and operated by schools; some are owned by community agencies. Few schools, however, come close to having enough resources to respond when confronted with a large number of students who are experiencing a wide range of barriers that interfere with their learning and performance. At the same time, there has been increasing interest in school community collaborations as one way to provide more support for schools, students and families. Formal and informal after-school programs occur throughout every community, at agencies and other neighborhood venues, as well as on school campuses. The focus of this document is on opportunities for after-school involvement offered at school sites. However, it should be evident that many of the ideas covered are useful for planning before-school programs, improving recess and lunch periods, thinking about schools as sites for weekend and holiday/vacation community hubs to enrich learning opportunities and provide recreation in a safe environment. Appended are: (1) A School-wide Component to Address Barriers to Learning; and (2) A Sample of effective after-school programs. (Contains 2 figures.)
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA. Department of Psychology, Franz Hall, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Box 951563, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563. Tel: 310-825-3634; Fax: 310-206-8716; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Mental Health in Schools