- Quick Facts About Afterschool in Tennessee
- Afterschool Works! in Tennessee
- Afterschool Overview
- Impact of Afterschool Programs
- Impacting Afterschool in America
- Summer Learning
Quick Facts About Afterschool in Tennessee
Provided by the Afterschool Alliance (more statistics and information about Afterschool in Tennessee can be found here).
- In Tennessee, 17% (170,645) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
- Of all Tennessee children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 31% (263,754) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
- 92% of parents in Tennessee are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
- 18% (179,897) of Tennessee’s K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 21,786 kids in programs supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, the only federal program dedicated to afterschool.
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.
- Download the National Afterschool Works! Brochure
- Download the Tennessee Afterschool Works! Brochure
- 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 – . NAA is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours. Their site includes 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
- 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 can help solve a national security crisis – Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Snack, March 16, 2018. The Heritage Foundation recently came out with a report, “The Looming National Security Crisis: Young Americans Unable to Serve in the Military,” outlining the causes of our military manpower shortage problem and demanding solutions. They point to health problems, lack of physical fitness, lack of education, drug use, and a criminal history as primary reasons for disqualification from the military. One of the potential solutions noted in the report is for children to engage in out-of-school time programs.
- Afterschool Connects Kids to Future Careers (YouTube Video) – Afterschool Alliance, September 14, 2017. The things that students learn in their afterschool program can help connect them to future careers. In this video, a college-bound student shares his excitement about earning a college scholarship and his future career path as an electrician.
- Afterschool Engages Kids in Real-World Learning (YouTube Video) – Afterschool Alliance, September 14, 2017. Learning in afterschool is different than learning in school. In this video, a high school student explains how his afterschool program helped him develop public speaking skills through real-world experiences.
- Afterschool Gets Kids Excited About Learning (YouTube Video) – Afterschool Alliance, September 14, 2017. Attending afterschool programs helps get kids excited about learning. In this video, a high school student describes how his afterschool program helped him learn to love reading and ignite his passion for filmmaking.
- Afterschool Helps Build Confidence and Improves Grades (YouTube Video) – Afterschool Alliance, September 14, 2017. A single dad credits afterschool for helping his young daughter transform from a struggling below-average student to a confident, straight A student. Her afterschool program helped build her confidence and improve her grades.
- Afterschool Keeps Kids Safe and Engaged – Afterschool Alliance, September 14, 2017. Afterschool programs help keep kids safe after school hours. In this video, a police officer talks about the importance of partnerships between law enforcement and 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.
- 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.
- Afterschool Works! (YouTube Video) – Afterschool Alliance, August 25, 2017. Afterschool programs engage young people in learning and get them excited about the future. These programs keep kids safe, give working parents peace of mind and help them keep their jobs. Afterschool works for students, parents, and the economy.
- Building Workforce Skills in Afterschool – Afterschool Alliance, November 2017. An issue brief highlighting how afterschool builds workforce skills
- Can Afterschool Programs Help Level the Academic Playing Field for Disadvantaged Youth? – Teachers College Columbia University, 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.
- Experts discuss afterschool's role in opioid abuse prevention – Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Snack, March 2, 2018. Opioid addiction plagues our country, deeply impacting adults and children alike. The Afterschool Alliance believes that afterschool has a huge part to play in mitigating this crisis through preventative measures. On Wednesday, February 27, 2018, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss youth opioid prevention.
- 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 – KidCentral TN. "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.
- Maine spending welfare funds on after-school programs – Education Dive, January 9, 2018. Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is spending $1.7 million in welfare funds on after-school programs this year in hopes that positive experiences for youth will prevent teen pregnancy, the Bangor Daily News reports. Since 2015, state officials have been asking after-school program providers to demonstrate how their services meet the goals of TANF, including the prevention of pregnancies to unwed teen girls.
- Mission: Readiness – Council for a Strong America. Retired admirals and generals strengthening national security by ensuring kids stay in school, stay fit, and stay out of trouble
- 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.
- Profiles of Extended Learning Programs: Promising Practices in Tennessee’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers – The University of Tennessee Knoxville Social Work Office of Research & Public Services and Tennessee Department of Education, December 2016.. For more than 20 years, children in Tennessee have had the opportunity to attend extended learning programs funded by the 21st CCLC federal initiative. Since 2001, the program has operated as a block grant administered by the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE). Local education agencies and faith‐ and community‐based organizations are eligible to apply. The purpose of the programs is to support—but not replicate—in‐school learning and healthy development. As programs continue to strive for improvement, much can be harvested from sharing peer experiences.
- 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.
Impacting Afterschool in America
- Afterschool Issue Overview – Afterschool Alliance, 2013. An overview of issues related to afterschool: funding, public opinion, and outcomes of high-quality programs.
- America After 3pm – Afterschool Alliance, 2009. This report summarizes findings from an in-depth study of current afterschool programming and gaps in service.
- Federal Supports for Afterschool and Summer Child Care Tennessee – Early Childhood National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment, March 2018. There are two major sources of federal funding and supports for afterschool and summer child care: the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program. This data profile focuses primarily on the Child Care and Development Fund.
- Tennessee Mission: Readiness Member Applauds City of Memphis for Investing in Pre-K – Council for a Strong America, May 29, 2018. As a native Tennessean, [Rear Admiral (Ret.) Vinson E. Smith] was thrilled that Memphis, Tennessee Mayor Jim Strickland signed a city ordinance on May 10 that will generate $6 million in funding for pre-K in the city by 2022.
- Uncertain Times – Afterschool Alliance, 2012. This report examines the impact of the nation’s economy on the provision of after school programming.
- Learning from Summer: Effects of Voluntary Summer Learning Programs on Low-Income Urban Youth – The Wallace Foundation, 2016. Groundbreaking study finds high-quality summer learning programs benefit high-attending students in math and reading.
- National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) Resource Library – . A wealth of information, the NCASE Resource Library connects you with tools, profiles, and information on a range of key topics in Out-of-School Time.
- Summer Learning Day Resources for Families – National Summer Learning Association (NSLA). Summer Learning Day is an annual national advocacy day led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to elevate the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer.
- Summer Learning Programs Nourish Kids' Bodies and Minds 2013 Survey – Afterschool Alliance, 2013. 86% of afterschool and summer learning programs serve breakfast, lunch, supper or snack to their students during the summer months. The USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides significant funding for these meals.