After School & Summer Extended Learning Programming

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Millions of city children and teens lack access to out-of-school time programs that provide rich opportunities for growth, learning, and fun. One possible solution – coordinating the work of government agencies, private funders, programs and others involved in after-school programs – is being pioneered by a group of Wallace-supported city efforts.

Access: After School - Wallace Foundation


This organizations works to keep kids safe after school.  Its latest research in on after school in rural America.

Access: Afterschool Alliance

Learn from experts and fellow practitioners on the latest in afterschool, including funding, research, and analysis, practical guides, and how to's.  Register to attend an upcoming webinar or watch a previous webinar.

Access: Afterschool Alliance - Afterschool Webinars

Summer can be a game-changer for young people; a time for family vacations, new friendships, new adventures in camps and summer learning programs, or taking summer classes to catch up or get ahead in school. But the America After 3PM survey finds that for every child in a summer program, there’s another waiting to get in.

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A Guide and Case Studies for After-School Leaders:  This white paper from the Wallace Foundation helps identify a systematic approach to the development of after-school opportunities for our youth.

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Engineering Is Elementary supports educators and children with curricula and professional development that develop engineering literacy.  There are 20 units for Grades 1-5 and multiple resources through Grade 8.  Great resource for after-school programs!

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This site answers questions for the afterschool field regarding the impact of ESSA on afterschool programming.

Access: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) - Its Impact on Afterschool Programming

This organization connects you with research, resources, and best practices for building affordable and sustainable approaches to expanded learning in your community.

Access: Expanded Learning and Afterschool

 Check out this 4-page showing that afterschool programs are a real solution to the achievement gap.

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This nonprofit is dedicated to closing the 6,000 hour learning gap through enriched educational experiences.

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The Iowa Department of Education provides information about extended learning opportunities, including a definition, critical questions, and needed documentation.

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This white paper shares how afterschool programs are embracing STEM as a natural fit for the afterschool setting.  Read Full Stem Ahead to learn more about the opportunities offered after school to activate students' interest in STEM and view the national map to dig into the data.

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Their mission is to develop strong statewide systems   for high quality, affordable and accessible before school, after school and summer programs.

Access: Iowa AfterSchool Alliance

The Afterschool Alliance provides parents, community members, and schools a resource for connecting to afterschool programs in their community.  It provides steps for assuring programs in the community.

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Rethinking learning opportunities outside school hours and walls can be a “game changer.”

Access: NEA Policy Brief - Extended Learning Post-Covid

The conventional six-hour, 180-day school year may not be enough for students in many urban public schools. Wallace is seeking to address that through supporting nonprofits and school districts that are trying out ways to expand learning time during the summer and regular school day or year.

Access:Summer and Extended Learning - Wallace Foundation 

This page was last updated: 11/14/23