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Spotlighting the work of OST programs in the pandemic

Out-of-school time programs have been and continue to be essential sources of support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many standout programs across the country that stepped up to serve as dependable, accessible places students could go to during a turbulent time. Three recent publications spotlighted promising models and practices that programs used during the beginning of the pandemic.  

The essay “Out of School Time Providers Innovate to Support School-Aged Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic” highlights how out-of-school time providers are doing crucial work in their communities to “curb inequities in health and education that the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated,” often in partnership with school districts and other community-based organizations. For instance, many providers increased the number of hours they were open in person before, during, and/or after school in 2020 and 2021 to support students who were learning in either a hybrid or remote setting. This expansion helped to mitigate the inequities in access to technology as, “Over 40 percent of low-income households reported limited access to a computer or broadband internet, and Black and Hispanic households were significantly more likely to report limited access than non-Hispanic White households”  These learning hubs serve as a safe place for students to come and use necessary technology, access nutritious foods, cultivate connections with peers and mentors, and more. While learning hubs have decreased across the country due to a return to in-person learning, OST providers continue to support students, families, and communities and form impactful partnerships. See more about learning hubs here.

Pods in Action: Cleveland Metropolitan School District” examines how a group of partners (the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), foundations, community organizations, and OST providers) came together to create remote learning pods for students in need in only three weeks. There were 25 learning pod sites for the 2020-2021 school year across CMSD and its suburbs through $2.6 million in funding provided by the Cleveland Foundation and fundraising efforts by OST providers. Students could come to pods for a supervised school day experience, where they could receive academic support, navigate technology glitches, receive assistance with their mental well-being, and be with other kids. This work strengthened existing relationships and fostered new ones between partners, students, staff, and families in Cleveland. One parent shared that putting their child in a pod meant that “he was able to meet other students that spoke the same language he did. I’ve seen him socialize . . . and [have an] instructor that he adores and has great communication with… I’m very happy.” According to initial data, learning pods resulted in both improved attendance and grades for nearly 1,000 participating students in grades K-8.

An evaluation featured in the Journal of Family Strengths of an afterschool program in Kentucky for African-American and Hispanic male youth, Please Call Me Mister (PCMM), shared the program’s positive impact on participants during the pandemic. PCMM is a 4-year program for African American and Hispanic male youth run by the Promising Youth Center for Excellence at Kentucky State University in Franklin County, Kentucky. PCMM is for African American and Hispanic male youth between the ages of 10-17 who have experienced domestic violence, abuse, mental health issues, involvement in the justice system, and could improve their academic performance. The program aims to decrease anti-social behavior and truancy, improve academic performance, and boost parent/family engagement through mentorship and small group enrichment. Researchers issued two surveys to PCMM participants; a baseline survey in 2017 and a follow-up survey in 2020, with questions about violence and victimization, substance use/misuse, health and nutrition, and sexual risk behaviors. There were several significant conclusions among PCMM participants after comparing baseline and follow-up surveys: 22.1 percent of participants reported a decrease in carrying weapons, 13.7 percent fewer participants reported drinking alcohol, and 7 percent fewer participants reported nicotine vaping. Additionally, students had lower levels of depression and higher levels of resilience.

As the pandemic continues to impact programs, students, and families it is imperative to keep advocating for afterschool and hold space for providers to share how they can be best supported. See our Afterschool in the Time of COVID-19 Surveys for up-to-date data from the field from July 2020 to today, including top concerns as providers are planning for summer programming, what resources would be most helpful to programs, and more. And learn about the ways COVID funding is making a difference in afterschool and summer learning programs in our latest research brief.

Spotlighting the work of OST programs in the pandemic

Out-of-school time programs have been and continue to be essential sources of support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many standout programs across the country that stepped up to serve as dependable, accessible places students could go to during a turbulent time. Three recent...

BY: Sophie Kidd      07/11/22

How COVID Relief Funding is a Lifeline for Afterschool and Summer Programs During the Pandemic

A blog post earlier this year outlining the opportunities for afterschool and summer learning programs through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds asked the $500 billion dollar question, “…have funds been invested in such programs? What are they accomplishing?” The new brief,...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      07/07/22

Meeting the moment: Cities increase investments in young people to support pandemic recovery and beyond

By Bela Shah Spooner, Program Director, Education and Expanded Learning, National League of Cities Over the last two decades, the National League of Cities (NLC) has cultivated, as well as monitored, the growing support among local elected officials for youth-serving programs and their...

BY: Guest Blogger      03/25/22

10 minutes of your time can help us continue to tell the story of afterschool

A recent Associated Press story highlighted the staffing challenges afterschool programs are grappling with. A Youth Today article last fall described the how the demand for summer programs was outpacing programs’ resources. Thanks to afterschool and summer program providers’ responses...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      03/23/22

A look at the afterschool field through the pandemic

Thanks to the time and help of afterschool and summer program staff, the Afterschool Alliance has been able to track the ways in which the afterschool field’s operating status, policies, procedures, staffing, and services have been affected by the pandemic. Each wave has confirmed the...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      02/24/22

Staffing takes top spot as primary challenge for afterschool program providers in new survey

“COVID-19 has put stress on an already stressed programming system. I feel like this has put a spotlight on the need for our programs and the staffing issue” one survey respondent reports in Afterschool Alliance’s most recent survey of afterschool program providers. Another says,...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      01/27/22

Making learning outside of school count

What do learning math concepts through boatbuilding, shadowing a teacher to see classroom management practices in action, and building software skills studying video game and mobile app development all have in common? Although wildly diverse, these examples showcase the broad range of...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      11/23/21

Public support for quality programs for children and youth remains a top priority for American families and businesses

While Congress continues to work on its appropriations and reconciliation packages, Americans continue to voice their strong support for programs that help them work while providing enriching experiences for their children. In addition to our America After 3 PM Survey, which has consistently...

BY: Jillian Luchner      11/02/21

Understanding "evidence-based" programs to make the case for ARP funds

In March 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) into law, providing $122 billion in federal education funds to support students impacted by the pandemic. Since then, state education agencies have submitted their proposed plans for the use of the funds to the Department of...

BY: Bella DiMarco      08/19/21

The good, the bad & what’s to come: Findings from the Afterschool in the Time of COVID-19 Wave 5 survey

In the second summer under the pandemic, prior to the rise of the Delta variant, we found more summer programs opening their doors and providing vital supports to students who have contended with remote learning, social isolation, and the stressors of a continuing pandemic. Thanks to the response...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      08/12/21

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

As Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month wraps up, the Afterschool Alliance is shining a light on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) children in afterschool programs and the experiences of AANHPI parents as it relates to afterschool. Our America After 3PM...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      05/31/22

New ALICE Brief: Nearly half of American children live below the ALICE threshold in the US

In early April, United for ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) officially launched their ALICE In Focus: Children data dashboard and research briefs. United for ALICE’s mission is to raise awareness around the group of families who are struggling financially but do not count...

BY: Sophie Kidd      05/05/22

New America After 3PM special report: Promoting healthy futures

From STEM learning opportunities afterschool and during the summer to young people’s summertime experiences, the America After 3PM survey has provided a wealth of data on what the after school and summer hours look like for children and youth and parents’ expectations of and opinions on...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      04/13/22

Meeting the moment: Cities increase investments in young people to support pandemic recovery and beyond

By Bela Shah Spooner, Program Director, Education and Expanded Learning, National League of Cities Over the last two decades, the National League of Cities (NLC) has cultivated, as well as monitored, the growing support among local elected officials for youth-serving programs and their...

BY: Guest Blogger      03/25/22

10 minutes of your time can help us continue to tell the story of afterschool

A recent Associated Press story highlighted the staffing challenges afterschool programs are grappling with. A Youth Today article last fall described the how the demand for summer programs was outpacing programs’ resources. Thanks to afterschool and summer program providers’ responses...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      03/23/22

A look at the afterschool field through the pandemic

Thanks to the time and help of afterschool and summer program staff, the Afterschool Alliance has been able to track the ways in which the afterschool field’s operating status, policies, procedures, staffing, and services have been affected by the pandemic. Each wave has confirmed the...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      02/24/22

Staffing takes top spot as primary challenge for afterschool program providers in new survey

“COVID-19 has put stress on an already stressed programming system. I feel like this has put a spotlight on the need for our programs and the staffing issue” one survey respondent reports in Afterschool Alliance’s most recent survey of afterschool program providers. Another says,...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      01/27/22

Report finds 1.5M children receive meals in Afterschool Nutrition Programs — but we can do more!

By Clarissa Hayes, Interim Deputy Director, School and Out-of-School Time Programs at Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). The Afterschool Nutrition Programs offered an important opportunity to combat hunger during the 2020–2021 school year as communities and families...

BY: Guest Blogger      11/29/21

Out-of-school time programs helping children find their passion, purpose, and voice

The mental, emotional, and physical well-being of children has been top of mind throughout the pandemic—for parents, for educators, and for youth development professionals. In a prescient research endeavor, conducted by Edge Research and with the support of The Wallace Foundation, Learning...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      11/04/21

Afterschool and summer programs may hold the key to post-pandemic recovery for young people

By Neil Naftzger, principal researcher, and Jessica Newman, senior researcher at the American Institutes for Research. Fall is here, with it, a return for many to in-person learning after more than a year of disruption and uncertainty. Over the past six months, the current administration has...

BY: Guest Blogger      09/27/21

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

As Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month wraps up, the Afterschool Alliance is shining a light on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) children in afterschool programs and the experiences of AANHPI parents as it relates to afterschool. Our America After 3PM...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      05/31/22

America After 3PM 2020 Health and Wellness Report in images

As part of our release of "Promoting Healthy Futures: Afterschool Provides the Supports Parents Want for Children's Well-Being," we created an infographic that highlights some of the top findings from our America After 3PM Health and Wellness Report. Take at how afterschool programs...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      04/25/22

New America After 3PM special report: Promoting healthy futures

From STEM learning opportunities afterschool and during the summer to young people’s summertime experiences, the America After 3PM survey has provided a wealth of data on what the after school and summer hours look like for children and youth and parents’ expectations of and opinions on...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      04/13/22

STEM learning is on the rise, but growth for boys outpaces girls

As part of our release of "STEM Learning in Afterschool on the Rise, But Barriers and Inequities Exist," we created an infographic that highlights the gender disparity findings from our America After 3PM STEM Report. Take a look at how access to STEM learning varies for boys and...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      02/10/22

Spiking demand, growing barriers: The trends shaping afterschool and summer learning in rural communities

In 2014, there were 3.1 million rural children not in an afterschool program who would have participated in a program if one were available to them—roughly three times the population of Rhode Island. New data from the report, “Spiking demand, growing barriers: The trends shaping...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      12/08/21

Public support for quality programs for children and youth remains a top priority for American families and businesses

While Congress continues to work on its appropriations and reconciliation packages, Americans continue to voice their strong support for programs that help them work while providing enriching experiences for their children. In addition to our America After 3 PM Survey, which has consistently...

BY: Jillian Luchner      11/02/21

Afterschool’s role in helping children with special needs or disabilities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic

By Stephanie Barker, Coordinator for the Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance (KYOSA) and parent of two elementary-age children with special needs and disabilities. To learn more about students with special needs or disabilities in afterschool programs, read a recently released brief by the Afterschool...

BY: Guest Blogger      10/25/21

How well are afterschool programs serving children with special needs or disabilities?

In afterschool programs, children of all abilities can take part in hands-on learning experiences, have time to collaborate with peers, snack on healthy eats, and are able to be active and outdoors in the care of knowledgeable and supportive staff. The flexible and responsive nature of afterschool...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      10/11/21

Regional data from the America After 3PM STEM special report

Following last month’s release of the America After 3PM special report, “STEM Learning in Afterschool on the Rise, But Barriers and Inequities Exist,” which included national and state-level data, we recently released city-level data for seven areas across the...

BY: Bella DiMarco      10/05/21

America After 3PM: STEM learning in images

As part of our release of "STEM Learning in Afterschool on the Rise, But Barriers and Inequities Exist," we created an infographic that highlights some of the top findings from our America After 3PM STEM Report. Take a look at how STEM learning stacks up across the country, and feel free...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      09/14/21

State summer learning findings: Partnerships, equity, and long-term funding solutions are top of mind

Organizations in Maryland and Minnesota have recently released reports around summer learning in 2021, as many districts and providers are in the midst of this year’s summer programming. Both reports highlight useful findings, best practices, and areas for future growth. Partnerships, equity,...

BY: Sophie Kidd      07/26/22

New Education Development Center report and webinar highlight ways to strengthen summer learning programs

On Tuesday, June 14, the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) hosted a webinar, “Insights and Reflections on Planning and Implementing District-led Summer Programs,” to share findings from its new report: Supporting Quality in Summer Learning: How Districts Plan, Develop, and...

BY: Sophie Kidd      06/24/22

Five key takeaways from program providers about the 2022 summer

As summer is very much top of mind for many of us as temperatures rise and the unofficial start of summer now in the rearview mirror, a new Afterschool Alliance survey finds that program providers are gearing up for a busy summer. Throughout the pandemic, the Afterschool Alliance has been tracking...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      06/02/22

How four cities expanded summer learning

Summer learning programs provide enrichment opportunities for youth, allowing them to increase math and reading comprehension skills, connecting them with mentors and peers, providing nutritious meals and helping them gain workforce experience. Unfortunately, more work needs to be done to ensure...

BY: Tierra Easter      12/13/21

Spiking demand, growing barriers: The trends shaping afterschool and summer learning in rural communities

In 2014, there were 3.1 million rural children not in an afterschool program who would have participated in a program if one were available to them—roughly three times the population of Rhode Island. New data from the report, “Spiking demand, growing barriers: The trends shaping...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      12/08/21

Out-of-school time programs helping children find their passion, purpose, and voice

The mental, emotional, and physical well-being of children has been top of mind throughout the pandemic—for parents, for educators, and for youth development professionals. In a prescient research endeavor, conducted by Edge Research and with the support of The Wallace Foundation, Learning...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      11/04/21

Afterschool and summer programs may hold the key to post-pandemic recovery for young people

By Neil Naftzger, principal researcher, and Jessica Newman, senior researcher at the American Institutes for Research. Fall is here, with it, a return for many to in-person learning after more than a year of disruption and uncertainty. Over the past six months, the current administration has...

BY: Guest Blogger      09/27/21

Latest highlights from Impacts Database point to summer learning's efficacy

As summer comes to a close and the school year starts back up, we wanted to recognize the importance of summer learning programs and the impact that they have on youth by highlighting some new summer evaluations in our Afterschool Impacts Database.   Our Impacts Database offers a searchable...

BY: Bella DiMarco      08/24/21

New report: Stability and Change in Afterschool Systems

In March, the National Institute for Work and Learning, FHI 360, published a report sponsored by The Wallace Foundation focusing on the coordination of afterschool programming among out-of-school-time providers, government agencies, private funders, and others. Following up on a 2012-2013 survey,...

BY: Erin Hegarty      07/15/21

Evidence Base for Summer Enrichment and Comprehensive Afterschool Opportunities

By Terry K. Peterson, Ph.D. and Kenneth A. Anthony II, Ed.D. Not since the release of the Expanding Minds and Opportunities Compendium in 2013 has there been a singular resource that illustrates the holistic impact summer and afterschool programs have on children. In this newly released...

BY: Guest Blogger      06/24/21

New examples of COVID relief funding for afterschool from National League of Cities

In the next phase of our COVID work and to celebrate the launch of the Engage Every Student Initiative, we have collaborated with the National League of Cities (NLC) on the next iteration of our map that shows where COVID funds are supporting afterschool & summer programs across the country....

BY: Sophie Kidd      07/22/22

How four cities expanded summer learning

Summer learning programs provide enrichment opportunities for youth, allowing them to increase math and reading comprehension skills, connecting them with mentors and peers, providing nutritious meals and helping them gain workforce experience. Unfortunately, more work needs to be done to ensure...

BY: Tierra Easter      12/13/21

Making learning outside of school count

What do learning math concepts through boatbuilding, shadowing a teacher to see classroom management practices in action, and building software skills studying video game and mobile app development all have in common? Although wildly diverse, these examples showcase the broad range of...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      11/23/21

Out-of-school time programs helping children find their passion, purpose, and voice

The mental, emotional, and physical well-being of children has been top of mind throughout the pandemic—for parents, for educators, and for youth development professionals. In a prescient research endeavor, conducted by Edge Research and with the support of The Wallace Foundation, Learning...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      11/04/21

Afterschool and summer programs may hold the key to post-pandemic recovery for young people

By Neil Naftzger, principal researcher, and Jessica Newman, senior researcher at the American Institutes for Research. Fall is here, with it, a return for many to in-person learning after more than a year of disruption and uncertainty. Over the past six months, the current administration has...

BY: Guest Blogger      09/27/21

Latest highlights from Impacts Database point to summer learning's efficacy

As summer comes to a close and the school year starts back up, we wanted to recognize the importance of summer learning programs and the impact that they have on youth by highlighting some new summer evaluations in our Afterschool Impacts Database.   Our Impacts Database offers a searchable...

BY: Bella DiMarco      08/24/21

New report reveals state of afterschool STEM learning opportunities

Afterschool and summer programs offer hands-on learning opportunities that spark students’ interest in STEM subjects and help them gain critical STEM skills. The just-released America After 3PM special report, “STEM Learning in Afterschool on the Rise, But Barriers and Inequities...

BY: Chris Neitzey      08/18/21

Parents prioritize SEL in afterschool and summer learning programs

We all know that this summer and fall are critical as we try to reconnect and re-engage young people around the country in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that summer – and summer learning programs – are in full swing, we figured it was a good time to revisit some of the crucial...

BY: Dan Gilbert      08/05/21

Supporting and promoting mental health in out-of-school time

The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) recently released a practice brief, “Supporting and Promoting Mental Health in Out-of-School Time,” that explores some of the current mental health needs of youth, their families, and the out-of-school time (OST)...

BY: Bella DiMarco      07/20/21

New report: Stability and Change in Afterschool Systems

In March, the National Institute for Work and Learning, FHI 360, published a report sponsored by The Wallace Foundation focusing on the coordination of afterschool programming among out-of-school-time providers, government agencies, private funders, and others. Following up on a 2012-2013 survey,...

BY: Erin Hegarty      07/15/21

How COVID Relief Funding is a Lifeline for Afterschool and Summer Programs During the Pandemic

A blog post earlier this year outlining the opportunities for afterschool and summer learning programs through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds asked the $500 billion dollar question, “…have funds been invested in such programs? What are they accomplishing?” The new brief,...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      07/07/22

Afterschool provider survey data offers insights into the subset of child care providers

In the most recent wave of the program provider survey, the Afterschool Alliance continues to capture the changing status, needs, and services of providers during the COVID pandemic. Conducted from March 21st, 2022 to April 12th, 2022, the Wave 7 survey included the ability for providers to...

BY: Jillian Luchner      06/30/22

Five key takeaways from program providers about the 2022 summer

As summer is very much top of mind for many of us as temperatures rise and the unofficial start of summer now in the rearview mirror, a new Afterschool Alliance survey finds that program providers are gearing up for a busy summer. Throughout the pandemic, the Afterschool Alliance has been tracking...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      06/02/22

10 minutes of your time can help us continue to tell the story of afterschool

A recent Associated Press story highlighted the staffing challenges afterschool programs are grappling with. A Youth Today article last fall described the how the demand for summer programs was outpacing programs’ resources. Thanks to afterschool and summer program providers’ responses...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      03/23/22

A look at the afterschool field through the pandemic

Thanks to the time and help of afterschool and summer program staff, the Afterschool Alliance has been able to track the ways in which the afterschool field’s operating status, policies, procedures, staffing, and services have been affected by the pandemic. Each wave has confirmed the...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      02/24/22

Staffing takes top spot as primary challenge for afterschool program providers in new survey

“COVID-19 has put stress on an already stressed programming system. I feel like this has put a spotlight on the need for our programs and the staffing issue” one survey respondent reports in Afterschool Alliance’s most recent survey of afterschool program providers. Another says,...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      01/27/22

Spiking demand, growing barriers: The trends shaping afterschool and summer learning in rural communities

In 2014, there were 3.1 million rural children not in an afterschool program who would have participated in a program if one were available to them—roughly three times the population of Rhode Island. New data from the report, “Spiking demand, growing barriers: The trends shaping...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      12/08/21

The good, the bad & what’s to come: Findings from the Afterschool in the Time of COVID-19 Wave 5 survey

In the second summer under the pandemic, prior to the rise of the Delta variant, we found more summer programs opening their doors and providing vital supports to students who have contended with remote learning, social isolation, and the stressors of a continuing pandemic. Thanks to the response...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      08/12/21

An on-going look at afterschool in the time of COVID-19

More than one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, afterschool programs are continuing to be an important piece in the recovery process. In the fourth wave in the series of national surveys of afterschool providers during the pandemic, conducted by Edge Research between Feb. 19 and March 15, 2021 and...

BY: Bella DiMarco      06/15/21

Your voice matters: Share your COVID experience in our survey

This summer will be one for the books. As states begin to lift statewide coronavirus-related restrictions and vaccinations continue to roll out, the public is hopeful for a return to normal in the near future. A recent survey of parents of school-age children found that nearly two-thirds...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      06/07/21

America After 3PM 2020 Health and Wellness Report in images

As part of our release of "Promoting Healthy Futures: Afterschool Provides the Supports Parents Want for Children's Well-Being," we created an infographic that highlights some of the top findings from our America After 3PM Health and Wellness Report. Take at how afterschool programs...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      04/25/22

New America After 3PM special report: Promoting healthy futures

From STEM learning opportunities afterschool and during the summer to young people’s summertime experiences, the America After 3PM survey has provided a wealth of data on what the after school and summer hours look like for children and youth and parents’ expectations of and opinions on...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      04/13/22

Report finds 1.5M children receive meals in Afterschool Nutrition Programs — but we can do more!

By Clarissa Hayes, Interim Deputy Director, School and Out-of-School Time Programs at Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). The Afterschool Nutrition Programs offered an important opportunity to combat hunger during the 2020–2021 school year as communities and families...

BY: Guest Blogger      11/29/21

How well are afterschool programs serving children with special needs or disabilities?

In afterschool programs, children of all abilities can take part in hands-on learning experiences, have time to collaborate with peers, snack on healthy eats, and are able to be active and outdoors in the care of knowledgeable and supportive staff. The flexible and responsive nature of afterschool...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      10/11/21

Supporting and promoting mental health in out-of-school time

The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) recently released a practice brief, “Supporting and Promoting Mental Health in Out-of-School Time,” that explores some of the current mental health needs of youth, their families, and the out-of-school time (OST)...

BY: Bella DiMarco      07/20/21

Promoting healthy futures for young people

“The most meaningful part of my afterschool program is the sense of community and family that I feel inside the program. Sometimes a child doesn’t have that example at home of a family and feels alone and isolated. I can relate to that. When I went to my afterschool program, it was this...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      07/02/21

Eyes on afterschool: 5 key points from our fall 2020 program survey

Throughout the entirety of the pandemic, the Afterschool Alliance has been conducting ongoing surveys to track programs’ current situations, concerns, and needs. While programs across the county all are facing difficult situations and continuing to be an important part of their communities,...

BY: Bella DiMarco      04/08/21

Key findings from Wave 3 of our program provider survey

A few weeks ago, we concluded the third in a series of national surveys of afterschool providers in the pandemic, conducted by Edge Research and released by the Afterschool Alliance. Eight months into COVID-19, there are three key trends are shaping the landscape of afterschool programs across the...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      11/20/20

Report: Participation in afterschool meals program increased in 2019

A new report released on October 20 by the Food Research and Action Center highlights some good news about the federal Afterschool Meals Program. According to the report, Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation, more than 1.4 million low-income children participated in the Afterschool...

BY: Alexis Steines      11/02/20

New report: SEL+OST=Perfect Together

In October 2019, The Wallace Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance brought together youth development leaders, researchers, and educators to discuss social and emotional learning (SEL), identify obstacles to teaching SEL, and begin to brainstorm ways to address those challenges. While...

BY: Erin Hegarty      08/28/20