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Equity and Access in After-School Programming

California Tomorrow

www.californiatomorrow.org

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Advancing Afterschool
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period October 1, 2002–June 30, 2004
  • Location Oakland, CA, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

The Equity and Access in Afterschool Programming project was launched in 1999, followed by two years of national research. The research design incorporated both quantitative and qualitative strategies and was guided by a set of equity and access principles developed during the planning phase. Fourth-year funding will support the dissemination of findings from research focused on identifying programs that are providing access to students and families in low-income and hard-to-reach populations; and providing equitable and quality programming to diverse populations. Dissemination will be accomplished through key national organizations able to distribute the research to various sectors of the afterschool field; by creating a companion tool to the research publication that offers a practical way to use the research in program assessment and planning; and engaging a set of coordinated dissemination strategies.The strategies included a national survey of 3,000 program site directors and coordinators; a qualitative study in Oakland, California to explore how afterschool equity, access and diversity issues impact a community; seven national case studies that provided analysis of access and equity issues in a cross section of programs in different U.S. regions; and promising practices case studies of eight programs to highlight effective practices.