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ERIC Number: ED536883
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 80
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Afterschool Hours: A New Focus for America's Cities
Ouellette, Mark; Hutchinson, Audrey M.; Frant, Nina
National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families (NJ1)
During a typical week, as many as 14 million children and youth across the United States lack adult supervision during non-school hours. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the lack of structured and supervised afterschool programs in American communities contributes to a higher incidence of drug and alcohol use and delinquent or criminal behaviors. The growing attention to afterschool issues among municipal leaders is a reflection of increasing public support for expanded learning opportunities for America's young people. With the establishment of the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute), the National League of Cities (NLC) has positioned itself to assist municipal officials in their efforts to increase the availability and improve the quality of expanded learning opportunities for children and youth in urban communities. Eight cities were selected through a competitive process to participate in the Municipal Leadership for Expanded Learning Opportunities (MLELO) technical assistance project. This report focuses on the accomplishments of the eight cities, the lessons they learned, and recommendations for other municipal officials embarking on this work. Each city story ends with "leadership keys" that were instrumental to that city's success and that other communities can replicate as they seek to improve and expand local afterschool programs. Appended are: (1) Team Contacts; (2) Collaborating Organizations; and (3) Resources. (Contains 12 footnotes and 12 resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Authoring Institution: National League of Cities (NLC), Institute for Youth, Education and Families
Identifiers - Location: United States