The Kumon corporation was named the No. 1 tutoring franchise and ranked 14th out of 500 corporate franchises worldwide, in Entrepreneur magazine's 32nd annual "Franchise 500" issue, just released for 2011. The honor marks the 10th year in a row the organization has been picked as the top tutoring franchise, an assessment based on two years of data measuring stability, finances, growth, and overall business quality. According to the rankings, Kumon was in the same league as Dunkin' Donuts and Days Inn. Kumon, which specializes in math and reading tutoring for pre-K through high school students, was founded more than ...


The Nashville Afterschool Zone Alliance provides free tutoring and activities. City officials and school leaders see it as a success.


U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is replacing Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) as a co-chair of the Senate's Afterschool Caucus.


I encourage you to read the story, which brings together after-school, STEM, and real-world, hands-on learning in a nifty package. (The kids involved attend twice-a-week classes, and site visits are a regular part of the curriculum.)


Science learning in informal, out-of-school settings is the focus of a new two-year research project.


The new law also paves "the way for an additional 21 million meals" to be served each year to at-risk children in after-school programs, according to Vilsack's office.


Collaboration was another recurring theme at yesterday's out-of-school time event at Baruch College in New York City.


Jennifer Sloan McCombs of RAND Education, urged those in attendance to think carefully about how their organizations would make thoughtful investments in data quality.


At a time of tight budgets at the federal, state, and local levels, Driscoll and Gilbert both emphasized that the need for high-quality expanded learning goes on. But it's a tough dynamic. "The fiscal realities are no joke," Driscoll agreed.


I received an email about a new and seemingly unprecedented initiative focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (or STEM) learning and out-of-school learning time.


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