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The transition to kindergarten is an important milestone in a young child’s life. While this transition is often accompanied by much excitement and anticipation, it can also bring uncertainty and anxiety as children face changes on multiple levels.
This issue brief explores youth engagement in out-of-school time through a review of studies on out-of-school time attendance and participation by middle and high school students. It identifies promising practices for cognitive, behavioral, social, and emotional engagement that are essential for achieving positive outcomes. It includes program-level examples from four states.
This issue brief highlights the important role of afterschool and summer programs in developing the skills youth need to be successful in today’s workforce, in particular, their role in enhancing competencies that employers often say are missing such as skills in communication, teamwork, problem solving, and technology.
This review of existing research on literacy programs for out-of-school time (OST) was conducted as part of an initiative for Philadelphia. It includes evidence on literacy outcomes, staffing, and training needs for tutoring programs, after school and summer programs, and online literacy programs.
This issue brief explores how we can all strengthen our understanding of our internalized biases, so we can be more mindful of working toward equity. Strategies suggested include developing agreements so we have courageous conversations and reducing stigma so we can talk openly and give honest feedback.
This issue brief identifies four important things to know about the transition to school, and it also mentions the transition that children and families experience to out-of-school programs: (1) transition is a matter of equity; (2) a smooth transition to school makes a difference for children's outcomes; (3) families play an important role in the transition to school; and (4) it's all about re
This brief presents a framework that broadens our understanding of how, when, and where youth learn. It recommends ways for how youth development organizations can build partnerships with schools, juvenile justice, foster care, and families to support growth and development.
This issue brief identifies high impact strategies for actively co-creating opportunities for family engagement to support learning across the age continuum, both in school and during out-of-school time.
This issue brief highlights the challenges English language learners (ELLs) face in developing literacy proficiency and articulates how afterschool programs can play a central role in providing the supports to help ELL students thrive in school, work, and life.
This issue brief reviews the common knowledge of school-based programs designed to build social-emotional competence in middle and high school years. It reviews exemplary programs on skill-focused promotion, academic integration, teaching practices, and organizational reform.