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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 increase will support LA’s BEST in securing high-quality afterschool education, enrichment, and recreation programming for 28,000 elementary students in 195 school sites. This increase also provides support for the annual family dinner event honoring Carla Sanger.
This grant will support partnership development among afterschool stakeholders in Delaware and enable the establishment of a cohesive statewide afterschool network. The grantee will bring together a diverse group of key decisionmakers and supporters around issues impacting afterschool and summer learning programs. Through this Delaware Statewide Afterschool Partnership grant, the grantee will hold a partner convening on afterschool and organize a steering committee to develop a plan to expand afterschool opportunities in the state.
This grant will support the National League of Cities Institute to engage city officials in afterschool and summer learning initiatives and highlight the importance of continuing support for afterschool programs at the federal, state, and local levels. Specifically, this project will: 1) support statewide afterschool networks in their efforts to engage municipal leaders; 2) expand its research and communications initiatives highlighting mayoral voices that bring attention to the importance of afterschool programs; and 3) continue to raise awareness among municipal leaders of promising practices and city roles in building high-quality afterschool and summer learning systems.
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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