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Report: AfterZones: Creating a Citywide System to Support and Sustain High-Quality After-School Programs

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EDUCATION, REFORM, EQUITY, access

Areas

SCHOOL:culture of change and improvement, SCHOOL:design and use of time and space

Authors

Laura J. Kotloff

Published

2010, 4/23/2010

Publisher

Public/Private Ventures

Abstract

"Building on a long history of investments in OST learning, The Wallace Foundation launched an out-of-school learning initiative in 2003. The initiative was created to support citywide system-building efforts that could advance three interrelated goals for the OST field: improving program quality, making programs accessible to youth who need them most, and improving youth participation so more children can realize benefits. The Foundation granted funds to five cities to support their afterschool system-building initiatives: Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; New York, NY; Providence, RI; and Washington, DC. One of the cities, Providence, RI, developed a citywide after-school initiative for middle school youth called the AfterZone initiative, to be led by the Providence After School Alliance (PASA), a local intermediary. The following pages summarize a report by Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) that documents AfterZone’s implementation. P/PV carried out data collection for this study from February 2008 through March 2009. A second P/PV report that focuses on how youth participated in AfterZone programs, and the relationship of various patterns of participation to youth outcomes, will be published in 2011."

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