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Gilbert, Dan; Silverberg, Leah; LaConte, Keliann; Holland, Anne; Caspe, Margaret; Hanebutt, Rachel – Afterschool Alliance, 2020
Youth are natural scientists at birth, discovering and exploring their world and trying to make sense of it (Bers, 2008). A child's education is not limited to just the time they spend in the classroom. Children learn at home with their families, in public libraries, or through out-of-school-time (OST) experiences provided at community centers and…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Community Programs, After School Programs, Active Learning
Afterschool Alliance, 2019
Vibrant social connections and robust community involvement are part of what makes a strong America. Yet, among our nation's young people, there are relatively low levels of community engagement. Research shows that service learning is an established method to bring youth closer to their communities while also promoting positive youth development…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Youth Programs, Service Learning, Barriers
Afterschool Alliance, 2019
Early childhood has long been known to be a formative time in a child's development-- a time when the brain produces more than 1 million neural connections every second during the first few years of a child's life. However, there are factors at the individual and community levels that impact the development process. In communities across America,…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Summer Programs, Adolescents, Drug Abuse
Afterschool Alliance, 2018
Taking a comprehensive approach to wellness--which includes healthy eating and physical activity and extends to additional aspects of health, such as social and emotional skills and competencies--can provide the necessary supports to help healthy children grow into healthy adults. Afterschool and summer learning programs are well-situated to be an…
Descriptors: Wellness, After School Programs, Health Behavior, Child Health
Afterschool Alliance, 2018
Civic engagement starts with our nation's young people, since engagement in adolescence increases the likelihood of engagement in adulthood. As 3 in 4 superintendents agree that preparing students for engaged citizenship is a challenge for their district, it is important to recognize that afterschool and summer learning programs are critical…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, After School Programs, Democracy
Afterschool Alliance, 2018
Ensuring all children and youth thrive as they move through school and into their adult lives requires that they have the opportunity to develop the skills and competencies that will help them land their first job, navigate and overcome the challenges they will face, keep positive relationships, and make good decisions. While families are central…
Descriptors: After School Programs, After School Education, Social Development, Emotional Development
Afterschool Alliance, 2017
The academic struggles of English language learners highlight the essential need to provide additional supports for this growing body of students. Given the multiple hurdles facing ELL students as they move through school, it is difficult for schools alone to provide ELL students the extra supports necessary for them to succeed academically.…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, After School Programs, Literacy Education, Skill Development
Afterschool Alliance, 2017
A strong and vibrant economy is reliant on a strong and vibrant workforce equipped with the necessary skills, competencies, and knowledge. Afterschool and summer learning programs play an integral role readying students for their career pathways; not only helping them develop the foundational skills that are critical across the different contexts…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Summer Programs
Afterschool Alliance, 2017
How do afterschool programs view their local public libraries? Are they working with them, and in what ways? These are the questions that the Afterschool Alliance, along with its partners at the Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) and the American Library Association, wanted to answer. Overall, the goal is to…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Public Libraries, Partnerships in Education, Library Services
Afterschool Alliance, 2016
Given the promising role afterschool programs can play in addressing the inequities faced by families living in communities of concentrated poverty, and with the rise in the number of people living in communities of concentrated poverty, this special "America After 3PM" report examines the afterschool program experience of children and…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Equal Education, Poverty, Participation
Afterschool Alliance, 2016
Findings from "America After 3PM" document the role that afterschool programs play in supporting families living in high-poverty areas by answering questions about what afterschool program participation looks like, what the demand for afterschool programs is, what is preventing parents from taking advantage of and children from…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Equal Education, Poverty, Participation
Afterschool Alliance, 2016
This special "America After 3PM" report takes a closer look at the afterschool experience for children living in rural communities. Earlier "America After 3PM" reports examined how children spend the hours after school, documenting the participation in afterschool programs, the unmet demand for programs, program offerings, and…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Rural Areas, Rural Youth, National Surveys
Afterschool Alliance, 2016
This special "America After 3PM" report takes a closer look at the afterschool experiences of children and families living in rural communities and compares these experiences to those of children and families outside of rural communities. This report also serves to examine the ways programs are increasing opportunity in these…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Comparative Analysis, Rural Areas, Rural Youth
Afterschool Alliance, 2016
The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with Dollar General Literacy Foundation, is proud to present this issue brief examining the vital role afterschool programs play in building students' literacy skills. This issue brief will focus on the year-round support needed to help students with their reading, writing and critical thinking skills. This…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Literacy Education, Reading Skills, Writing Skills
Afterschool Alliance, 2015
Afterschool programs have continued to grow in sophistication, increase their offerings and improve quality. As the role of afterschool programs has evolved from primarily providing a safe and supervised environment to a resource that provides a host of supports for their students, programs have become valuable partners in helping students reach…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Child Health, Health Promotion, Wellness
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