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This issue brief outlines why OST programs are an essential part of the nationwide response to the coronavirus pandemic. It is a user-friendly look at how many children use or need afterschool programs and what impact quality programs have. It outlines what parents, businesses, schools, and state and local policymakers can do to support OST programs during COVID-19.
This issue brief provides a summary of tools and guidance for summer programs. It includes a summary of the Center for Disease Control's guidance for youth and summer camps, the extensive field guide developed by the American Camp Association and the YMCA, and a comparison of summer camp guidance in 10 states.
The Afterschool Alliance has collected a number of resources for online learning activities that can be helpful to families or those providing essential services. This webpage includes links to sites such as National Geographic, Scholastic Learn at Home, and Khan Academy. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This updated issue brief provides a summary of key evaluations on the impact of after school programs. It focuses on academic outcomes, school attendance, student behavior, and parental concerns about student safety.
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 issue brief focuses on the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to wellness that includes attention to social emotional health as well as healthy eating and physical activity.
These evidence-based standards foster nutrition and physical activity outcomes for children in grades K-12 attending out-of-school time programs. Originally developed in 2011 and then adopted and disseminated by the National Afterschool Association, the standards were refreshed in 2018.
This issue brief outlines a policy agenda for federal, state, and local efforts that can increase participation in summer STEM learning, with a special focus on girls and students of color who have been under-represented in higher education and in careers.
This resource defines the principles and practices that guide ethical decision-making strategies to ensure safe, nurturing environments and positive relationships in afterschool programs. Ethical responsibilities are organized into four sections: (1) children and youth, (2) families, (3) colleagues, and (4) community and society.
This issue brief provides case studies of best practices in four exemplary summer programs that provide engaging STEM opportunities. The programs in Ohio, Connecticut, Michigan, and Kentucky produce positive outcomes on grades, standardized test scores, social-emotional competence, and graduation rates.