ERIC Number: ED553168
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Family League 2011-12 Out of School Time Programs in Baltimore City
Olson, Linda S.; Connolly, Faith; Kommajesula, Alok H.
Baltimore Education Research Consortium
Out of School Time (OST) programs have been shown to promote positive personal, academic and social development (Huang, Gribbons, Kim, Lee, & Baker, 2000; Welsh et al., 2002). The Family League of Baltimore City works with partners to sponsor a range of after-school programs in Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) to provide healthy safe environments for children after school including nutritious meals. The strategic planning and development of the program logic model provides an ultimate outcome of increased graduation rates and career and college readiness. More short-term goals include increased student attendance and academic performance. Other desired outcomes are improved health and social and emotional development, but to date, no measures have been identified to document these changes. This report describes the students served and focuses on the outcomes of attendance and academic performance. Based on the findings, while OST participation was associated with higher school attendance and promotion rates, this analysis cannot make a causal statement that participation increased attendance or promotion. As a result from the analysis, the authors make a number of recommendations for the Family League including but not limited to: (1) Utilize the Community Schools strategy to better recruit priority students, so that services will better reach those students who need and will benefit from them the most, especially, students with a history of chronic absenteeism and those who receive special education services; (2) Collect and monitor the reasons why students leave or are dismissed from OST programs to help OST programs retain students and identify any barriers to student attendance.; (3) Disaggregate results data by program/school to begin looking at which programs are best recruiting priority youth, and which programs are demonstrating the most impact; and (4) Identify best practices or strong models for serving high school youth and implement them in Community School High Schools. The following are appended: (1) Family League OST Logic Model; (2) Methodology; (3) Demographics; and (4) 2011-12 and 2012-13 Outcome Tables.
Descriptors: Urban Areas, After School Programs, Student Participation, Public Schools, Urban Schools, School Community Programs, Strategic Planning, Program Effectiveness, Child Health, Attendance Patterns, Academic Achievement, Community Schools, Student Recruitment, Data Collection, Barriers, Data Analysis, Best Practices, High School Students, High Schools, Comparative Analysis, Gender Differences, Racial Differences, Age Differences, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Research-practitioner Partnerships
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Family League of Baltimore City
Authoring Institution: Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC)
Identifiers - Location: Maryland