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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 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.
This grant will enable the Mozilla Foundation to support the afterschool field in developing online badges, a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, competency, or interest, for youth in afterschool programs. Specifically, this grant will support the further development of: 1) the system supports, infrastructure, and policy initiatives needed for online badges and other competency-based learning approaches; and 2) the capacity of afterschool programs to offer badges and to support competency-based learning for youth. By incorporating new education technology opportunities, this project seeks to help youth more easily demonstrate the skills they acquire in afterschool and out-of-school time programs.
This grant will continue to support the National Conference of State Legislatures in its work to educate state legislators about the value of afterschool and to build state capacity to implement high-quality afterschool and summer-learning opportunities. Specifically, the National Conference of State Legislatures will: 1) lift up afterschool and summer learning as a mechanism to close the achievement and opportunity gaps; 2) connect afterschool and summer learning to college and career readiness and dropout prevention;
3) engage legislators on the topic of afterschool and summer learning; 4) expand communication efforts with legislators, legislative staff, and the statewide afterschool networks; and 5) continue to support the statewide afterschool networks as part of the Afterschool Technical Assistance Collaborative with an increased focus on effective data sharing practices.
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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