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Kids on the Move: Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
America After 3PM: Afterschool Programs in Demand
Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success
This grant increase will support the Nebraska Statewide Afterschool Network in hosting an afterschool and summer science, technology, engineering and math systems building institute for statewide afterschool networks and partners. The institute will provide participants an opportunity to share best practices and emerging models, while working with national experts at the forefront of afterschool and summer science, technology, engineering and math.
This grant will provide funding to support a convening of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, held in partnership with Foundations, Inc. and the U.S. Department of Education. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative supports nearly 2 million children and youth in nearly 11,000 school-community afterschool programs across the country. The purpose of the convening is to provide afterschool, specifically 21st Century Community Learning Centers administrators, with technical assistance and strategies to continue to enhance the quality of school-community afterschool programs.
This grant will support partnership development among afterschool stakeholders in Oklahoma and enable the establishment of a cohesive statewide afterschool network. The Oklahoma Public School Resource Center will bring together a diverse group of key decisionmakers and supporters around issues impacting afterschool and summer learning programs. Through this grant, the grantee will hold a leadership convening on afterschool and organize a steering committee to develop a plan to expand afterschool opportunities in the state.
The Mott Foundation’s Pathways to Opportunity 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 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.
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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