American Institute for Research
The American Institutes for Research reviewed early findings, resources, and stories from national and local organizations about their summer 2020 programs. The attached resource provides practical examples of how national and local organizations responded to the needs of youth and families this past summer during the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource can be used to support program planning efforts that are already underway for many organizations for summer 2021.
Rand Corporation Report - The Value of Out-of-School Time Programs
To better understand the value and effectiveness of out-of-school-time (OST) programs, RAND researchers examined programs through the lenses of content, dosage (the hours of content provided), and outcomes measured, focusing on rigorous (i.e., experimental or quasi-experimental) large-scale evaluations and meta-analyses. The overall conclusion is that OST programs are generally effective at producing the primary outcomes that would be expected based on their programming. However, the primary benefits of such programs are often understudied or underreported. When making funding decisions, federal, state, and local governments and private foundations should consider all the benefits that programs provide to youth and families and emphasize program quality.
Youth Today: Out-of-School Time Research, Resources & Webinar Hub
Welcome to the Youth Today Out-of-School Time (OST) Hub. The OST Hub, funded, in part, by a generous grant from the Robert Bowne Foundation, embodies the Foundation’s philosophy of positive youth development, the importance of reflection and inquiry, a deep respect for youth workers as experts in their own right and of youth worker voices. In addition, the Hub reflects the Foundation's belief in the critical importance of building bridges between research and practice. Read More
Roadmap to Afterschool for All (2009)
With the Harvard School of Public Health and support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Afterschool Alliance initiated the Roadmap to Afterschool for All a scientific study that for the first time assesses the current investment in afterschool programs from the public sector, parents, foundations and businesses, and estimates the additional investment needed from each sector to provide quality afterschool programs for all children. The research shows that parents are paying the lions share of afterschool costs, even among programs serving high poverty children, and that funding of all types is insufficient. Read More
Uncertain Times (2009)
Released in June, Uncertain Times 2009 finds that just as children in their communities need more help, afterschool program leaders across the country say they are being forced to increase fees and reduce staffing, activities and hours to cope with budget cuts and rising costs. Nearly all respondents to a survey of afterschool programs (95 percent) say the recession is affecting their communities, with 60 percent seeing more kids going hungry or families struggling to provide food for children, and half seeing increased homelessness. Yet afterschool programs are unable to provide as much help as children need because their budgets are down. Eighty-six percent of respondents say children in their communities need afterschool care and are unable to access it. Read More
Looking at the Data: Afterschool Programs Using Data to Better Serve Students (August 2014)
The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with MetLife Foundation is proud to present the last of four issue briefs in our sixth series examining critical issues facing middle school youth and the vital role afterschool programs play in addressing these issues. This brief addresses what afterschool programs gain through data collection and evaluation, how to evaluate a program effectively and how to use to data collected for program improvement. Learn More
Afterschool Supporting Students with Disabilities and Other Special Needs (February 2014)
The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with MetLife Foundation, is proud to present the second of four issue briefs in our sixth series examining critical issues facing middle school youth and the vital role afterschool programs play in addressing these issues. This brief addresses the importance of a high school diploma for students with disabilities and other special needs, and how afterschool programs can provide an inclusive learning environment that supports students of all abilities. Learn More