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Afterschool Programs

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

Jodi Grant | Posted 10.22.2014 | Education
Jodi Grant

The best thank you we could give Senator Jeffords would be to continue working until we reach the day when every child has access to a high-quality after school program.

The Importance of Being Bold

Evie Hantzopoulos | Posted 09.28.2014 | Education
Evie Hantzopoulos

The question on everyone's lips was "How did you get Michelle Obama to visit your program?" The answer is simple: one of our students asked.

Survey Finds Support and Need for Summer Learning Programs

Jodi Grant | Posted 09.27.2014 | Education
Jodi Grant

This phenomenon has been identified by researchers who have determined that elementary, middle and high school students actually lose ground on what they've learned in school during the summer months.

Needed: More Better Learning Time

Karen Pittman | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Karen Pittman

Kids don't need just more learning time -- they need more better learning time. When it comes to learning, the where and when don't matter as much as the what and how.

Our 2014 Resolution For The Afterschool Movement

Jodi Grant | Posted 03.15.2014 | Education
Jodi Grant

We intend to send a clear message that afterschool programs are great at helping kids succeed academically, but just as good at helping them succeed as they become adults.

5 Reasons I'm Okay With Asking the Wealthiest New Yorkers to Pay Just a Little More

Bill de Blasio | Posted 06.19.2013 | New York
Bill de Blasio

If the top 1 percent of New Yorkers dig a little bit deeper into their pockets, 50,000 more four-year-olds would receive full day Pre-K education and 120,000 middle school students would have access to after-school programs.

School Vacations and the Achievement Gap: Breaking the Connection

Judith Sandalow | Posted 05.29.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

As a community we need to think broadly about solutions that will allow students to take a break from school without pushing poor families to their breaking points.

Afterschool and Summer Enrichment: Getting the Policy Attention They Richly Deserve

Elaine Weiss | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Elaine Weiss

Reformers talk a lot about developing students' STEM skills but, as Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee witnessed firsthand, summer programs in which students can analyze water pollution and build robots make these subjects real in a way that can turn potential drop-outs into scientists-in-the-making.

Local Youth Program Honored By Michelle Obama

Robin Wilkey | Posted 11.20.2012 | San Francisco

Oakland's Youth Radio, a youth-driven journalism and media production program, received a special honor on Monday from a seriously special awardee--FL...

Minnesota Afterschool Program Targeted In Somali Terror Case

AP | AMY FORLITI | Posted 12.26.2012 | Education

MINNEAPOLIS — On any given weekday, in a nondescript storefront on the eastern edge of Minneapolis, dozens of young Somalis gather to get help w...

To Compete, Our Kids Need to Start Early and Learn Longer

Bill de Blasio | Posted 12.09.2012 | New York
Bill de Blasio

The jobs of tomorrow will require ever more skill and education, and we have to get serious about what it will take to prepare our kids to fill them. It begins with providing every child with quality early education.

Is Education on the Cusp of a Turnaround?

Richard Whitmire | Posted 09.21.2012 | Education
Richard Whitmire

Americans continue to lose faith in their public schools, a Gallup poll reported recently. Less than a third of Americans said they had a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in schools. Why the drop?

Astoria Characters: The Play Mommy

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.08.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Sylvia Ramsaywak attends to more than 150 students in her Serious Fun after-school programs at P.S. 85 and P.S. 234. Sylvia modeled Serious Fun after the things she liked to do after school when she was growing up in Alaska.

Spreading Success: The Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project

Jodi Grant | Posted 06.12.2012 | Education
Jodi Grant

We've learned a lot over the years about how our kids learn best. But putting that knowledge to work in our communities and classroom isn't always as easy as it sounds.

Back to the Basics, Indeed: A Brief Overview of Education Research

Elaine Weiss | Posted 06.10.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

There is more than enough heated rhetoric about "evidence-based" initiatives in education. Turn down the burners, however, and the research appears quite a bit clearer.

The Proof Behind Expanded Learning

Lucy Friedman | Posted 05.27.2012 | Education
Lucy Friedman

The Expanding Learning and Afterschool Project is a 50-state initiative that gives educators easy and direct access to research and promising practices that can help them use time beyond the conventional school day most effectively for learning.

Stay Late and Graduate?

Stu Semigran | Posted 04.18.2012 | Impact
Stu Semigran

For with so many of our young people dropping out comes a rise in crime, teenage pregnancy and other risky activities that place a burden on society. The perpetual challenge we are all facing now more than ever, is how can we keep students in school?

Afterschool Program Helps Students Climb to New Heights

Peak Johnson | Posted 04.11.2012 | Education
Peak Johnson

Tree House Books, a nonprofit organization in North Philadelphia, works to "grow and sustain a community of readers, writers, and thinkers" through afterschool and enrichment programs.

Afterschool Programs in Peril

Jodi Grant | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Jodi Grant

We don't have enough afterschool programs. And many programs are being forced to trim their offerings or close their doors due to the struggling economy and budget cutbacks it has brought.

Expanded Learning and Sharing What Works

Matthew Boulay | Posted 11.28.2011 | Education
Matthew Boulay

The federal government provides only a small fraction of the public education funds spent by school districts across the country. But its influence far exceeds the dollars provided.

Kicking Off Kindergarten With Confidence

Sharon Duke Estroff | Posted 10.11.2011 | Parents
Sharon Duke Estroff

Preparing a child for the first day of kindergarten is among the most bittersweet tasks of our parental careers.

Afterschool Program Grows Food, Connections

Peak Johnson | Posted 09.10.2011 | Education
Peak Johnson

What used to be nothing but a huge parking lot for the Philadelphia Housing Authority has become something much more to a group of residents living in the Haddington section of Philadelphia.

A Pat on the Back That Will Last a Lifetime

Rhea Perlman | Posted 07.17.2011 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

This week I got to hang out at the airport to see off a bunch of hugely excited kids leaving on a trip to London. It's rare that young children are so majorly rewarded for their academic and personal achievements.

10 Funny Public Service Ads About Serious Issues (VIDEOS)

Posted 06.27.2011 | Comedy

Anyone who's ever had to raise a sensitive or difficult subject knows there's nothing like humor to break the ice. Armed with this approach, the non-p...

Peaceful Revolution: Afterschool For All

Jodi Grant | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jodi Grant

The economic downturn is creating even greater demand for afterschool programs, as families struggle to keep their jobs, take on more hours, or afford basic necessities for their children.