QUICK FACTS ABOUT AFTERSCHOOL IN TENNESSEE
Provided by the Afterschool Alliance (more statistics and information about Afterschool in Tennessee can be found here)
AFTERSCHOOL WORKS! IN TENNESSEE
Afterschool and summer learning programs help Tennessee’s students succeed. Afterschool programs help students do better in school, improve their work habits, and graduate. The programs engage students in enriching experiences that foster leadership, collaboration, and responsibility. In Tennessee, nearly 180,000 children and teens are enrolled in an afterschool program.
Afterschool Alliance - The Afterschool Alliance is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. This site has a wealth of resources about afterschool issues, research, advocacy and more.
Making the Connections: A Report on the First National Survey of Out-of-School-Time Intermediary Organizations - The Collaborative for Building After-School Systems, 2012. This report shares findings from a survey of out of school time intermediary organizations to explain their work, successes, and areas for improvement.
National AfterSchool Association - Publications, resources, services, and professional development.
Out-of-School Time Issue Brief - United Way Worldwide, 2012. This report from the global United Way organization details what afterschool is, why it’s important, and recommendations for supporting it within communities. It incorporates voices from various United Way directors across America and lessons learned from on-the-ground workers.
IMPACT OF AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS
Afterschool Outcomes - Afterschool Alliance, 2013. This is a great resource for a quick overview of some of the most promising outcomes that afterschool programs are delivering.
After School Programs in the 21st Century: Their Potential and What it Takes to Achieve It - Harvard Family Research Project, 2008. This research brief draws on seminal research and evaluation studies to address two primary questions: (a) Does participation in after school programs make a difference, and, if so (b) what conditions appear to be necessary to achieve positive results? The brief concludes with a set of questions to spur conversation about the evolving role of after school in efforts to expand time and opportunities for children and youth in the 21st century.
Afterschool Programs Keep Kids Safe, Engage Kids in Learning and Help Working Families - Afterschool Alliance, 2013. A fact sheet presenting the research on how afterschool programs help youth and families in a variety of ways.
Afterschool Programs That Follow Evidence-Based Practices to Promote Social and Emotional Development Are Effective - Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project, 2013. A report outlining the findings of a meta-analysis of over 60 studies of afterschool programs.
Can Afterschool Programs Help Level the Academic Playing Field for Disadvantaged Youth? - Campaign for Educational Equality, 2009. This report provides an overview of the potential for afterschool to boost academic achievement for disadvantaged youth and narrow the achievement gap.
Examining the Impact of Afterschool STEM Programs - Afterschool Alliance, 2014. This report summarizes research about the importance of afterschool for STEM learning, and analyzes evaluation data from a selection of strong afterschool STEM programs.
Expanding Minds and Opportunities Compendium - The Expanding Learning & Afterschool Project, 2013. This compendium is a one-stop resource for the most recent research and trends in afterschool, presented by the wide variety of stakeholders involved in afterschool programs.
Highlights from the OST Database - Harvard Family Research Project, 2012. This great resource features a number of research updates on a range of out of school time topics.
How Afterschool Programs Help Kids - A KidCentral TN Article: "More than 170,000 of Tennessee’s school‐age children (17 percent) are alone and unsupervised during the hours after school, according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit that promotes the importance of afterschool programs. The need for a safe learning environment doesn’t end with the regular school day."
Learning Around the Clock: Benefits of Expanded Learning Opportunities for Older Youth - American Youth Policy Forum, 2009. This report summarizes the findings from a meta-analysis of afterschool programs.
Pathways to Developing Afterschool Programs in Rural Areas - Center for Social Impact and Tennessee Afterschool Network - One of the most common and persistent needs for families in rural areas is quality child care. It is a need that affects families across the socioeconomic spectrum when resources are geographically scarce. This guide was developed from the stories and contributions of successful afterschool programs in rural areas that were built from the ground up to respond to community needs.
The Achievement Gap is Real - The Expanding Learning & Afterschool Project, 2013. This easy-on-the-eyes research summary lays out how afterschool helps to narrow the achievement gap, among other positive outcomes. It comes from Deborah Vandell, one of the leading researchers on out-of-school time.
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