Afterschool Alliance Research

Informing providers, advocates and policy makers for 15 years

Delve into our vast collection of research resources that show afterschool programs are keeping kids safe, inspiring learning and helping working families across the country. 

An integral component of Afterschool Alliance’s mission to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs is research that assesses how children are spending their time during the afterschool hours, examines the opportunities afterschool programs provide the children and families in their community and the public support for these programs.

This section contains research materials the Afterschool Alliance has produced over the past 15 years. Find the resource that best fits your needs by searching by document type or by issue area. If you are interested in learning more about the basics facts about afterschool programs, explore Afterschool Essentials, or if you want to find out how many children are in afterschool programs, visit the America After 3PM page. You can also search by issue topic and learn more about afterschool programs supporting young people in variety of areas—ranging from the arts to health and wellness to STEM. 

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Taking a Year-Round Approach to Literacy (March 2016)

The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with Dollar General Literacy Foundation, is proud to present this issue brief focusing on the year-round support needed to help students with their reading, writing and critical thinking skills. This issue brief will also delve into the variety of ways afterschool and summer learning programs are taking a year-round approach to literacy, helping students catch up and keep up.

Issue Briefs Literacy

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Evaluations Backgrounder: A Summary of Formal Evaluations of Afterschool Programs Impact on Academics, Behavior, Safety and Family Life (2015)

A steady stream of afterschool evaluations are showing important gains for children, not only in terms of academic achievement but also in regard to safety, discipline, attendance and avoidance of risky behaviors. This updated evaluations backgrounder includes new research that demonstrate the impact of afterschool programs on academic outcomes, student behavior and parental concerns about childrens safety.

Evaluations

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Featured

21st CCLC Facts and Figures

An overview of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative, the only federal funding source dedicated exclusively to before-school, afterschool and summer learning programs. The overview, updated May 2016, includes information on 21st CCLC programs, such as details on students served by the program, outcomes associated with program participation and the current state of 21st CCLC funding.

21st CCLC Budget Congress State Policy

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Afterschool Supports Students' Success (May 2016)

Afterschool programs across the county are inspiring learning, providing safe and supportive environments, and giving students the essential supports they need to succeed in school and beyond. This fact sheet and accompanying appendix highlights research that shows that afterschool programs are helping support students’ success.

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Appendix

Full STEM Ahead: Afterschool Programs Step Up as Key Partners in STEM Education (Sept 2015)

The Afterschool Alliance is proud to present this report as part of the third edition of America After 3PM, which spans a decade of household survey data chronicling how children spend the hours between 3 and 6 p.m. This report provides the first national look at access to afterschool STEM programs and parental attitudes towards such programs by outlining survey findings, identifying current challenges, and providing recommendations to improve afterschool STEM programming in the future.

STEM

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Executive Summary

Summer Learning Programs Help Kids Succeed (June 2015)

The Afterschool Alliance is proud to present this report as part of the third edition of America After 3PM, which spans a decade of household survey data chronicling how children spend the hours between 3 and 6 p.m. This fact sheet provides data on the current state of summer learning programs indicating that the demand and support for these programs are high.

Summer Learning

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Kids on the Move: Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (March 2015)

The Afterschool Alliance is proud to present this report as part of the third edition of America After 3PM, which spans a decade of household survey data chronicling how children spend the hours between 3 and 6 p.m. This report discusses the current state of healthy eating and physical activity in afterschool, identifies areas for improvement, and provides recommendations moving forward.

Health and Wellness

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Executive Summary

Building Literacy in Afterschool (March 2015)

The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with Dollar General Literacy Foundation, is proud to present this issue brief examining the vital role afterschool programs play to build students' literacy skills. This issue brief will explore the additional support needed to help students with their reading, writing and critical thinking skills; delve into the variety of ways in which afterschool programs are successfully developing students' literacy skills; and provide examples of afterschool programs that are fostering students' love and appreciation of reading and writing.

Literacy

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Afterschool Programs Inspiring Students with a Connected Learning Approach (January 2015)

Connected learning is an educational approach designed to make learning relevant to students, creating a deeper form of learning and understanding that will help students become life-long learners who will grow and thrive in school, work and life. Afterschool programs have long been implementing this approach that ties together students interests, peer networks and academic pursuits. This report explores the benefits of using a connected learning approach, the variety of ways afterschool programs are offering connected learning opportunities to engage students in learning, and shares ideas on how to integrate the principles of connected learning into afterschool programs.

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Executive Summary

Keeping Kids Safe and Supported in the Hours After School (May 2014)

The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with MetLife Foundation, is proud to present the third of four issue briefs in our sixth series examining critical issues facing middle school youth and the vital role afterschool programs play in addressing these issues. This brief explores the variety of ways afterschool programs are keeping middle schoolers safe, getting them engaged in learning, and helping them take advantage of their full potential as they navigate school, peers and their surroundings.

Working Families

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