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Since 2005, Jodi Grant has been Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance, a non-profit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs.

As Executive Director, Grant is overseeing all aspects of the Afterschool Alliance’s work, setting its goals and strategies for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Prior to joining the Afterschool Alliance, Grant served as Director of Work and Family Programs for the National Partnership for Women & Families. In that position, she worked to protect and expand the Family & Medical Leave Act, and was a member of the team that successfully defended the law before the U.S. Supreme Court. She also served as liaison to the National Governors’ Association, where she worked closely with Republican and Democratic governors.

Grant graduated from Yale University with honors in 1990 and was elected senior class president. She received her law degree from Harvard University, where she was elected class president (first marshall). As a student, she volunteered at an afterschool program. Grant, her husband and two children live in Bethesda, Maryland.

Entries by Jodi Grant

Celebrating the Environment, Afterschool Style

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 2:20 PM

For afterschool programs from the rocky coast of Maine to the bayous of Louisiana and the sunny beaches of Hawaii, this Earth Day is teachable moment. It's a chance to expose children to the wonders of nature, engage their creativity and brainpower in finding ways to overcome environmental challenges, and...

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Kids Should Only Be Hungry to Learn

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 4:51 PM

Like many people across the country, I'll be spending this week paging through recipe books, drawing up shopping lists, clearing out the fridge, and filling up grocery carts for our family's Thanksgiving feast.

The season of plenty, as they say, is upon us. But for many families, the holidays...

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Afterschool Programs Foster Children's Social and Emotional Learning

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 2:04 PM

Judging from the substance and tenor of the policy debate over education in the United States, you might think that everything children need to learn can be assessed and summed up with test scores and grades.

Parents and educators know better. They see the much broader range of children's development...

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Jim Jeffords: A Founder of the Movement to Expand Afterschool Programs, a Hero to Children and Families

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 6:29 PM

Before former Senator James Jeffords of Vermont introduced the first legislation to provide federal funding for after school in 1994, the federal government played essentially no role in providing meaningful support and programming for young people in the hours after the school day ended and before parents arrived home from...

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Survey Finds Support and Need for Summer Learning Programs

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 3:21 PM

I associate summer with children playing outside -- riding bicycles, running through sprinklers, racing in and out of the house to grab snacks. Unfortunately, there's another event that happens during the summer that is much less joyous; it's called "summer learning loss" and it affects millions of our nation's children....

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Our 2014 Resolution for the Afterschool Movement

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 2:26 PM

Co-authored by Cathy Tisdale, National President and CEO of Camp Fire

Every new year most of us make resolutions, usually of the self-improvement variety. Sometimes we promise ourselves that we'll spend more time exercising and less time eating and drinking; be more patient with in-laws, parents or children; leave work...

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Investing in Children's After-School Hours

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 6:20 PM

Each weekday from September to June, at roughly 3:00 in the afternoon, school bells across the land ring, signaling the end of classes for the day. The sound that follows in many classrooms is familiar to anyone who's been in a classroom: books snapping shut, chair legs screeching on floors,...

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Spreading Success: The Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 5:19 PM

The push to reform and improve the nation's schools has been with us for decades. And while it sometimes seems that reforms come and go like waves reaching the shore -- first crashing loudly, then petering out on the beach before receding with little evidence left behind, in fact, we've...

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Afterschool Programs in Peril

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 4:21 PM

In communities from coast to coast, afterschool programs are making a huge difference, keeping children safe, inspiring them to learn, and helping their working parents. Understanding that schools alone won't address all of our children's needs, afterschool programs complement and supplement the school day, often coordinating closely with teachers and...

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Peaceful Revolution: Afterschool For All

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2009 | 9:46 AM

The hours after school are often rife with worry as moms and dads struggle to cobble together safe and adequate childcare arrangements. As a mom, I constantly worry about what is best for my daughters after school. Safety is key, but it is not enough. I want to my daughters...

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Peaceful Revolution: Trapping Parents

(4) Comments | Posted February 26, 2008 | 10:11 AM

Like most parents, every night, my husband and I worry about the logistics surrounding our two daughters' activities the next day. What will they do after school? Do they need rides to or from an activity, or a friend's house? What time will each of us get home from work?...

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