Intuitively, we long have known that high-quality afterschool programs benefit children and youth, and a substantive body of research is emerging to support that perception. A compelling new resource — “Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success” — which captures some of the latest evidence about the effectiveness of afterschool programming was released February 5, 2013, during the National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks conference in Washington, D.C. Edited by Terry K. Peterson, this groundbreaking compendium features studies, reports and commentaries by more than 100 thought leaders including elected officials, educators, researchers, advocates and other prominent authors.
Published with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which has a long history of grantmaking for afterschool programming — including more than $150 million in the past decade — the compendium serves as an excellent source of information to help inform and guide the afterschool field as it navigates the road forward. Hard copies and electronic formatting of the book are available.
To learn more about the compendium, download individual articles or order your own copy visit: http://www.expandinglearning.org/expandingminds.