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ERIC Number: ED522623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Quality Afterschool: Helping Programs Achieve It and Strengthening Policies to Support It. Afterschool Alert. Issue Brief No. 47
Afterschool Alliance
For years, policy makers, program directors and parents have attested to the widespread benefits of afterschool programs. Fortunately, a wide variety of research ranging from quantitative studies and polls to qualitative reports and field observations has corroborated the need for afterschool enrichment. As the field grows and resources thin out--especially given the economic recession and subsequent budget cuts--it is increasingly important to secure afterschool's place as a necessity for youth. Promoting quality in the field of afterschool, which includes before school and summer learning programs, is one way to ensure researchers continue to find positive outcomes that can convince policy makers to increase investments in this valuable resource to children and parents. This brief discusses: (1) the academic and social, safety, and familial impacts of quality afterschool programs; (2) eight characteristics exemplified by quality programs; (3) tools that can aid in implementing quality afterschool programs; and (4) policy recommendations that should be considered in designing any new afterschool/summer initiative or in revising existing policy. (Contains 29 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance