For every tax dollar the state invests in quality after-school and summer-learning programs, it gets back $2.18 in benefits, according to a report and financial analysis from the state's PreK-16 Council.
The United States wastes $21 billion dollars a year making up for summer learning loss, according to an analysis of scores of studies by ReadyNation, a nonprofit working to strengthen the workforce by pushing policymakers to fund expanded learning programs.
Children with disabilities who are enrolled in Trenton, N.J., public schools will have their own after-school program beginning in early January, after the school board and a local advocacy group reached an agreement last week to collaborate on the program.
The federal education budget for fiscal year 2015 contains small signs of hope for extended-learning programs, with a slight increase in funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Center program, which is the largest federal source of funding for after-school programs.
The Annenberg Institute for School Reform releases a blueprint for high-quality extended-learning programs, based on a study of model programs in low-income schools in six large cities.
Students attending a full-day, free, summer program run by their district showed significant gains in mathematics but not in reading, according to the first report from the first longitudinal study of five large, urban school districts.
Children living with two married parents are significantly more likely to participate in after-school sports, clubs, and enrichment activities, such as art, music, and dance, than children whose parents live together, but aren't married, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Expanding learning by lengthening the school day isn't always feasible; a new report profiles some California school districts that have turned to creative scheduling to give students more time to learn.
Several New York State school districts awarded state grants for extended learning time decline the funds saying they weren't given enough time to properly implement the program.
NASA encourages girls to the reach for the stars through out-of-school programs designed to make the STEM field exciting through hands-on projects, community mentors, and robotics.