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After-School Programs and the K-8 Principal

National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Advancing Afterschool
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period November 1, 2002–March 31, 2005
  • Location Alexandria, VA, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

In 2000, the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation (NAESP) began a project to increase principals’ awareness of the role the afterschool programs can play in addressing major challenges facing schools today. Multiyear funding will enable the organization to write a series of 10 case studies, each featuring a school where the afterschool program is an integral part of the learning community. Each case study will focus on the necessary conditions and actions taken to establish this strong connection, effective practices and documented evidence of results. Each case study will underline the impact that strong afterschool programs can have on the total school program. The step-by-step processes taken in each case will provide principals and staff with proven methods that can be implemented at their respective schools.During the first two years of the project, a national survey of principals showed that 77 percent said it is "extremely important" for their schools to maintain their afterschool programs; 56 percent reported funding and 49 percent reported staffing as the major challenges facing their programs; and 95 reported that afterschool programs are located on site at the school. NAESP also provided promising practices to the Web site developed by the Academy for Educational Development and created a 30-minute afterschool segment as one of its seven PBS series on "Leading Learning Communities."