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Administration's STEM Initiative Looks To Afterschool Programs

Jodi Grant | Posted 12.20.2016 | Education
Jodi Grant

Last week, President Obama announced a number of important new steps aimed at improving and extending computer science education for the nation's K-12...

Celebrating the Environment, Afterschool Style

Jodi Grant | Posted 04.21.2016 | Education
Jodi Grant

Nothing screams "sleeves rolled up" quite like lessons about nature and the environment, and that's why they're such a perfect fit for afterschool programs, which offer flexibility and time for students to dig into long-term projects.

Students Succeed With Community Partnerships | A View of The ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)

Jennifer Peck | Posted 12.15.2016 | Education
Jennifer Peck

The Partnership for Children and Youth and Every Hour Counts applaud Congress for passing this critical and long-overdue update to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and we believe it accomplishes many important goals.

Kids Should Only Be Hungry to Learn

Jodi Grant | Posted 11.24.2016 | Education
Jodi Grant

This holiday season, our elected officials have a chance to expand access to, and availability of, afterschool and summer meals for kids and families. Congress could vote before the end of the year on whether to reauthorize the federal child nutrition programs.

For Millions of Kids, After-School Programs Light the Way

Ben Paul | Posted 11.18.2016 | Impact
Ben Paul

Countless families who rely on after-school programing agree: the programs fill a much-needed gap between the ringing school bell at 3pm and the time mom and dad head home at 6pm. Sadly, after-school programs aren't available everywhere.

Missing: Talented and Underserved

Sandy Marshall | Posted 11.03.2016 | Education
Sandy Marshall

In the STEM space talented, capable students who don't look like we might expect; who may not live in the zip code with the awesome robotics club; whose parents may not be aware that a few bus stops away from their front door a world of opportunity awaits. This needs to change.

Afterschool Programs Foster Children's Social and Emotional Learning

Jodi Grant | Posted 09.11.2016 | Education
Jodi Grant

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.

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...

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.