Building Impact: A Closer Look at Local Cross-Sector Collaborations for Education

This report explores early lessons learned from a three-pronged study of cross-sector collaborations for education: historical development of cross-sector collaborations, samples of collaborations, and this summary of comparative case studies. It describes issues of governance, leadership, funding, data use, and outcomes with an in-depth look at collaborations in Buffalo, Milwaukee, and Portland/Multnomah County and five additional locations. Collaborations are showing some early success and will require more time to expand goals and go to scale on successful strategies.  

Every Summer Counts: A Longitudinal Analysis of Outcomes from the National Summer Learning Project

This report shares evaluation findings from 2017 of the longer-term impacts of a summer learning project in five school districts: Boston, Dallas, Duval County in Florida, Pittsburgh, and Rochester. It explores the effects of two consecutive summers of voluntary, full-day programming for at least 20 days three school years after the second summer of programming. While high attendees performed better on math, language arts, and SEL scores in 2014, the benefits were not statistically significant in 2017, but still educationally meaningful.  

America After 3 PM: Demand Grows, Opportunity Shrinks

This report summarizes survey data collected in 2020, both before and during the pandemic; it is the fourth survey, preceded by findings from 2004, 2009, 2014. There are five major findings: (1) unmet demand is up 60 percent since 2004; (2) demand is surging; (3) barriers like affordability, availability, and transportation block participation; (4) inequities are evident; and (5) support for public funds is strong. Beyond the report, there is also analysis of national and state-level data, a fact sheet, and media resources.

Early Lessons from Schools and Out-of-School Time Programs Implementing Social and Emotional Learning

The report and executive summary review lessons learned from the first two years of the Partnership for Social-Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI). Findings are based on  surveys, interviews, and observations from 38 partnerships in 6 sites about the barriers and solutions to school-OST partnerships on SEL. Findings include the need to build adult SEL skills, set aside staff time for communication and for implementing SEL activities, and to formalize practices so they are maintained regardless of staff turnover.

A Summer Like No Other: Lessons From the Field During COVID-19

This report from National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) examines data from focus groups and interviews conducted with 21 leaders representing 15 national award-winning summer learning programs in September 2020 and data from a survey of 1,047 afterschool and summer providers conducted in partnership with Afterschool Alliance in July and August 2020. The goal was to better understand the challenges, successes, concerns, and youth experiences of summer 2020. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.  

Back to School in the Time of COVID-19

This report covers results of a survey of 1,445 providers between September 28-October 7, 2020. Results indicate that more programs are open now than in the spring or summer, although on average they are serving half the children they were serving last fall. The survey also shows that there is unequal access to afterschool for children from low-income families. Programs are concerned about children's mental health, learning loss, and lack of social opportunities. Programs are facing many challenges in serving students, including concerns about ongoing sustainability.

SEL + OST = Perfect Together: A Conference Report

This report captures what was shared at an October 2019 Conference about the challenges of teaching social and emotional learning (SEL) in afterschool programs. It provides a brief history of the growing focus on SEL, along with a summary of remarks by national leaders. It has rich examples of city or national organization approaches around relationship building, SEL skill-building for youth, shifting school and afterschool program climates, and working with families about this important part of development.

Getting Support for Summer Learning: How Federal, State, City, and District Policies Affect Summer Learning Programs

This report offers information to aid summer learning leaders in securing and maintaining support for programs. It summarizes lessons learned from interviews with 60 school district staff and 20 policy experts on federal, state, city, and district funding and policies. It includes a list of federal funding, and examples of state and city funding streams and how these impact sustainability, scale, and quality, as well as recommendations to advance those goals. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

2017 Early Childhood Education Leadership Development Compendium: A View of the Current Landscape

This report is the third edition that investigates how the early childhood education (ECE) field is cultivating leaders within the field. Based on a survey, it examines the role of 57 self-identified leadership development programs in supporting staff learning of leadership skills. The authors challenge the ECE field to clarify who is being trained, how they are being trained, and for what purpose. This new edition also explores how the ECE leadership development field has changed in the past 10 years. 

Shaping Summertime Experiences: Opportunities to Promote Healthy Development and Well-Being for Children and Youth

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. The report provides comprehensive conclusions and recommendations on how to improve planning, administration, and coordination; availability, access, and equity; and advancing data collection and research to bring equity so all children have positive outcomes from summer experiences. There is a report at a glance for those with limited time to explore this seminal resource.