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This brief presents one city’s efforts to engage huge numbers of children and youth in summer programming through the strategic use of extensive public-private partnerships. It offers to other cities a promising model for bringing together program leaders, schools and universities, city planners, philanthropists, businesses, and researchers to benefit children.
For this report, the Chicago teen program, After School Matters, partnered with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to conduct surveys to understand three key topics as they relate to the unique circumstances of summer 2020: (1) teen experiences, (2) instructor experiences, and (3) program quality.
The 2020 edition of America After 3PM is designed to build a better understanding of how young people are spending their summers and to dig deeper into the types of summer experiences children across America have. The data were collected about Summer 2019 from a survey of nearly 30,000 households and 200 phone interviews.
The purpose of this playbook is to provide a long-term and sustainable framework for planning and executing evidence-based practices and partnerships for high-quality summer programs. It has a user-friendly design and includes sections on quality, safety, policies and funding, planning, and partnerships.
This report examines evidence on outcomes and the effectiveness of summer experiences for youth on academic learning, social and emotional development, physical and mental health, and safety.