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This issue brief highlights the ways afterschool and summer learning programs help develop youth college and career readiness by increasing attendance rates and academic achievement, and by building college and career opportunities.
This important report from the Aspen Institute's National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development explores how the development of social emotional skills and competencies are essential for children and youth to thrive in school, career, and life.
This issue brief describes Extended Day Treatment (EDT) or therapeutic afterschool programs. This is an intermediate-level service that allows children to receive intensive behavioral health services in a structured therapeutic milieu while remaining at home and in school.
This issue brief provides an overview of the prevalence of mental health issues for children and youth. It explores how schools are often the de facto mental health system for children; therefore, schools could be a first step for afterschool programs wanting partnerships for support on mental health needs.
This is an online toolkit for program leaders who want to start or improve an afterschool program. It includes 96 ready-to-use tools that include practical tips and Voices from the Field. For example, there are tools on hiring, conducting a needs assessment, logic model planning, and activity ideas like creating a warm and welcoming environment and homework help.
This toolkit offers an overview of the opioid problem and how OST programs and communities can respond. Part I includes an introduction to the opioid crisis, along with assessment and planning tools for designing a prevention initiative based on local needs.
This issue brief explores how strategies for increased support for expanded learning programs can help reduce the disparities in educational outcomes between student populations. It provides examples from California's efforts to use local funding to enable more lower-income students have access to enrichment opportunities in out-of-school time.
This issue brief explores how in-school educators, afterschool providers, families, and policy makers can work together to build social emotional skills youth need to succeed. The brief explores the policy context for social-emotional learning, how it is currently implemented in afterschool and school settings, and suggestions for how the two can partner on this issue.
This step-by-step guide offers practical instructions on how to develop a local campaign to create a ballot initiative focused on providing a dedicated, sustainable stream of funding for early childhood, out-of-school time, violence prevention, and mental health programs.
This quality outcomes study of a summer program in Seattle Public Schools provides evaluative evidence for an instructional model that showed positive change in academic performance and high quality instructional practices.