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Publications created by the Afterschool Alliance.


Active Hours Afterschool: Childhood Obesity Prevention and Afterschool Programs (2006)

This brief explains how afterschool programs can play a major role in combating childhood obesity by offering healthy snacks and encouraging physical activity - and doing so in a safe and educational environment.
Afterschool Action Booklet (English)
A color booklet describing the facts and benefits of afterschool as well as tools parents can use for finding a program.
Afterschool Action Booklet (Spanish)
Afterschool Alert: Poll Report
Across Demographic and Party Lines, Americans Clamor for Safe, Enriching Afterschool Program January 2004 PDF
Afterschool and Healthy Youth (2004)
This brief describes how, through offering healthy snacks and time for physical activity, including nutrition or health in the curriculum, and building self-esteem, afterschool programs can encourage and enforce healthy lifestyles.
Afterschool and Pregnancy Prevention (2002)
This brief explains how a safe environment, positive role models, decision making skills, and health education offered by afterschool programs can aid in teenage pregnancy prevention.
Afterschool and School Improvement (2002)
This issue brief highlights how afterschool can be a strategic part of a successful school improvement plan, as recognized by principals and education organizations throughout the country.
Afterschool and Service-Learning (2004)
Through youth-designed and youth-implemented service projects, youth not only are able to apply their academic skills to the real world, but also donate their services to their neighborhoods. This brief explains how afterschool programs offering service-learning projects can benefit both youth and their communities.
Afterschool and Students with Special Needs (2004)
Students with special needs may not always receive the resources they need to reach their full potential during the school day, but afterschool programs can offer additional activities more tailored to the individual needs of children. Our first issue brief examines the valuable role afterschool programs can play in the life of a child with special needs.
Afterschool and the Building of Character (2003)
Respectfulness, positive behavior, self-confidence, and an interest in school are just a few traits kids can develop through participation in afterschool programs. Check out this issue brief to learn more about ways afterschool can help build character.
Afterschool and the Environment: A Natural Fit (2009)
Children have a wonderful curiosity about nature and the environment, which, if encouraged through afterschool activities can have a profound impact on their health and well-being. Children also take readily to concepts of conservation which will make them excellent stewards of the future of our environment. This issue brief explores the relationship between children's health, academic enrichment and community awareness through developing a relationship with the wonders of their natural environment.
Afterschool and Workforce Development: Helping Kids Compete (2009)
Equipping today's youth with the skills necessary to compete in the 21st Century workforce is a top priority of our nation's schools, communities, policy makers and businesses. This issue brief examines how afterschool provides kids with the opportunity to develop skills to help them succeed in an increasingly competitive labor market.
Afterschool Benefits Kids with Special Needs (2008)
This issue brief highlights the effectiveness of afterschool programming in offering children with special needs an opportunity to develop alongside their non-disabled peers. The benefits of afterschool for kids with special needs include; improved performance on standardized tests, mastery of individualized education goals, higher grades, improved behavior and increased motivation to learn.
Afterschool for All Brochure
Afterschool Fosters Success in School (2008)
This brief explores the various ways afterschool programs support student achievement. It is one in a series of Issue Briefs sponsored by the MetLife Foundation that addresses the benefits afterschool programs provide to children, families and communities.
Afterschool Innovations in Brief
With support from MetLife Foundation, the Afterschool Alliance has published "Afterschool Innovations in Brief," a compilation of four issue briefs examining critical issues facing children, schools and communities, and the vital role afterschool programs play in addressing these issues. (May 2008)
Afterschool Innovations in Brief: Focusing on Older Youth (2009)
With support from MetLife Foundation, the Afterschool Alliance has published this compilation of four issue briefs examining critical issues facing older youth and the vital role afterschool programs play in addressing these issues.
Afterschool Issue Overview
A factual overview of the afterschool hours in America.
Afterschool Partnerships with Higher Education (2007)
This brief describes the role higher education institutions can play when they partner with afterschool programs. College students can offer their services as mentors, tutors, or youth workers, and faculty can provide evaluation assistance or curriculum development assistance - all of which can be beneficial to college students and higher education institutions in return.
Afterschool Programs Help Working Families (2003)
This brief examines the ways in which working parents, their children, and employers can all benefit from quality afterschool programs.
Afterschool Programs Level the Playing Field for All Youth (2004)
This brief describes how afterschool programs have an opportunity to help disadvantaged youth catch up with their peers when the regular school day may not provide enough time or resources to address the various economic, language, or cultural barriers some students face.
Afterschool Programs Strengthen Communities (2004)
This brief explores how, by offering a safe and stable environment for youth and opportunities for school and community partnerships, afterschool programs can be a valuable resource that helps strengthen our communities.
Afterschool Programs: A Wise Public Investment (2005)
This brief considers the social cost of not providing afterschool programs and the high returns on such investments. It is well worth it for businesses and government alike to fund afterschool activities. This brief presents several of the benefits of investing in afterschool programs.
Afterschool programs: At the STEM of learning (January 2008)
In order to better compete with their international peers in the 21st century, American students will need to be better prepared to work in the growing fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. This brief explains the ways in which afterschool can engage kids in these fields, collectively known as STEM.
Afterschool Programs: Helping Kids Compete in Tomorrow's Workforce (2007)
This brief discusses the unique opportunities afterschool programs can offer students to prepare them for the workforce, including developing interpersonal, thinking, and leadership skills. It also cites several examples of successful programs focusing on such skills.
Afterschool Programs: Helping Kids Succeed in Rural America (2007)
In communities where infrastructure and resources are limited, afterschool programs may offer the only opportunity for academic, recreational, and creative enrichment. This brief explores how afterschool programs in several rural communities are successfully serving their children, families and communities with vital resources.
Afterschool Programs: Keeping Kids - and Communities - Safe (2007)
As both youth victimization and youth violence are increasing, this brief examines the ways in which afterschool can help decrease youth crime, and increase youth safety, making communities as a whole safer.
Afterschool Programs: Making a Difference
A 2-page summary of the benefits of afterschool programs for children, youth and families.
Afterschool, Community Service and Volunteerism (2004)
This issue brief explores how afterschool programs can give youth the opportunity to volunteer, and in doing so, participants can learn applicable life skills, form a bond with community organizations, and discover the value of community service.
Afterschool: A Natural Platform for Career Development (2004)
This brief explores how afterschool programs can help youth prepare for the workforce by offering exposure to various career fields and academic areas, which may be missed in the regular school day curriculum.
Afterschool: A Powerful Path to Teacher Recruitment and Retention (2007)
This brief, examines the current teacher shortage facing our schools, the impact this shortage is having on our rapidly changing educational system, and ways afterschool programs can help meet the need for recruiting and retaining new teachers. It is one in a series of Issue Briefs sponsored by the MetLife Foundation that addresses the benefits afterschool programs provide to children, families and communities.
Afterschool: Supporting Family Involvement in Schools (2008)
This brief explores the various ways afterschool programs create linkages between school and home for students and parents. It is one in a series of Issue Briefs sponsored by the MetLife Foundation that addresses the benefits afterschool programs provide to children, families and communities.
Afterschool: The Bridge Connecting Schools and Communities (2007)
This brief addresses the vital role afterschool programs play in connecting school and community resources. It is one in a series of Issue Briefs sponsored by the MetLife Foundation that addresses the benefits afterschool programs provide to children, families and communities.
Afterschool: The Natural Platform for Youth Development (2004)
This brief discusses the relatively new "youth development" movement, and explores the ways in which this movement can utilize afterschool programs as a solution to the increasing number of challenges our unsupervised youth are facing today.
Arts and Afterschool: A Powerful Combination (2005)
Not only do arts activities help draw students to afterschool programs, but, as this brief explains, afterschool programs with an arts component can be used as an outlet for self expression, a means to uniting community partners, and a tool for academic and skills development.
Expanding Learning Opportunities: It Takes More than Time (2007)
Recent educational reform strategies have included ideas on extending the school day. However, increased classroom time alone may not be enough to improve academic outcomes without proper attention to how that time gets used. This brief examines the ways in which a quality afterschool program model could be used to inform the implementation of a quality extended day initiative.
High School Reform and High School Afterschool: A Common Purpose (2005)
With a job market that requires nearly all workers to have a high school diploma, America faces a huge challenge with the dropout crisis. This brief examines the potential role high school afterschool could play in decreasing dropout rates, tackling the achievement gap, and keeping kids on track towards successful futures.
Literacy and Reading in Afterschool Programs (2001)
This brief illustrates several benefits of afterschool programs, such as improved literacy skills, enjoyment of recreational reading, and building positive relationships with adults, which reading activities in afterschool can offer to participants.
New England After 3 PM (2006)
New England After 3 PM is a series of reports, supported by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and focused on the state of afterschool across the New England region. Collectively, the New England After 3PM reports present a picture of how youth in New England currently spend their time afterschool, how stakeholders throughout the region view afterschool, whats currently happening to help advance afterschool and what next steps remain to be taken to make afterschool for all a reality in New England. Released in May 2006, the first installment, New England After 3 PM, examined afterschool across the region with a special focus on Massachusetts.
Older Youth Need Afterschool Programs (2004)
Although much of the funding and programming for afterschool targets younger children, there are myriad advantages for older youth participation in afterschool. This brief examines the growing need for afterschool programming for teens.
Publications
Recruiting and Retaining Older Youth in Afterschool (2009)
Not only are middle and high school-aged youth difficult to engage in afterschool activities, but they are more likely to have unique demands on their time in the hours afterschool. This issue brief highlights the challenges providers face in serving older youth and the innovative strategies that programs have used to recruit and retain older youth in afterschool.
Spotlight on Connecticut
Spotlight on New Hampshire
Summary of findings from Spotlight on New Hampshire report.
Uncertain Times 2012: Afterschool Programs Still Struggling in Today's Economy
Uncertain Times 2012, the third in the Uncertain Times series, assesses the impact of economic conditions on afterschool programs. Based on 1,012 survey responses, Uncertain Times 2012-Afterschool Programs Still Struggling in Today's Economy, finds that afterschool programs are struggling to meet the needs of children and families in their communities, as they face shrinking resources and dismal prospects for new support. Hardest hit are programs serving disadvantaged communitiesthe very population that has the most to gain from afterschool and summer programs.
Year in Review 2007
In 2007, funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers increased for the first time since 2002. New research and polls show enduring and far-reaching support. More community leaders and policy makers are pledging their support for afterschool, and new dedicated state level funding streams are cropping up across the country. These positive developments, and more, as well as critical challenges that remain, are discussed in "2007 Afterschool Year in Review." (January 2008)
Year In Review 2008
The past year presented the afterschool community with many obstacles, most notably the economic crises, but also many opportunities for growth. The year 2008 saw the celebration of ten years of 21st CCLC, one of the largest Lights On Afterschool rallies ever was held, and the Afterschool Alliance published the stories of so many whose lives have been transformed by afterschool in America's Afterschool Storybook.