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America After 3PM: Afterschool Programs in Demand
Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success
Afterschool activities can improve academic performance and work habits, especially among children from low-income families, according to research by Deborah Lowe Vandell, dean of the School of Education at the University of California Irvine. Read about her findings in an interview with The Hechinger Report.
This grant will continue to support the Collaborative Communications Group to provide targeted communications, policy, and research support to the statewide afterschool networks and the afterschool field as part of the Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project. The Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project is a 50-state initiative to help schools and communities leverage the time beyond school to accelerate student achievement by sharing research on high quality afterschool and expanded learning; identifying best practices on afterschool programs; and sharing affordable, sustainable, and effective expanded learning approaches. As part of the Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project, this grant will continue to support the development of new communications strategies and policy approaches to advance the afterschool field.
This grant will support the United Way of Rhode Island which coordinates the Rhode Island Statewide Afterschool Network. The Rhode Island statewide network will focus on building capacity for long-term success and advancing systems change for afterschool and expanded learning in Rhode Island. Over the next three years, the network will seek to further institutionalize afterschool and expanded learning into the fabric of the education system in Rhode Island. The network's specific initiatives will include: 1) developing a local ambassador program for afterschool and expanded learning to assist in raising awareness of the importance of expanded learning; 2) creating professional development opportunities that help afterschool and expanded learning programs further develop essential skills in the youth they serve; and 3) developing a statewide data system and measurement tools for the expanded learning field, including the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grantees.
The Mott Foundation’s Pathways Out of Poverty program supports initiatives around the U.S. that promote learning beyond the classroom especially for traditionally underserved children and youth — as a strategy for improving public education.
This grantmaking includes strengthening afterschool through technical assistance, research, evaluation and policy development, and by building public support. We also fund community schools internationally under our Civil Society program, as well as afterschool-related projects in Mott’s hometown of Flint, Michigan, via our Flint Area program.
Afterschool is not an afterthought: Terry Peterson strives to keep momentum growing for the field
Colleagues in the field call him "Mr. Afterschool." It's a title Terry Peterson doesn’t take lightly.
As chair of the Afterschool Alliance, Peterson strives to promote expanded learning as a strategy for school reform — particularly for students from low-income schools and neighborhoods. His experience and expertise make him a sought-after speaker on the national lecture circuit.
As a teacher, school administrator, community organizer and policymaker, Peterson has spent his career working with students, parents, community groups and elected officials to increase children’s access to high-quality public education. And he's convinced that better-quality afterschool and summer learning programs are essential components.
“Even when a school is performing well, the regular school day lacks sufficient time and opportunities to expose children and young people to the kind of academic, social and enrichment activities that will help them excel in school and in life,” he said.
“The only way schools have a shot at graduating a lot more students who are college- or career-ready is to provide more time, more people and more helping hands to get them there.
“That’s why afterschool and summer learning programs matter.”
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