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January 08, 2015

Return on Investment in Expanded Learning More Than Double for Vermont

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.

December 23, 2014

After-School Program for Special-Needs Students to Open in Trenton, N.J.

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.

December 22, 2014

Slight Gains Set Aside for Extended Learning in Federal Education Budget

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.

December 11, 2014

Children of Married Parents More Likely to Do Extracurriculars, Survey Shows

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.

December 09, 2014

Creative Ways to Increase Learning Time When Money Is an Object

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.

December 01, 2014

NASA Makes Out-of-School Time 'Out of This World'

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.

November 14, 2014

Study Aims to Track Career Choices of Staffers in Out-of-School STEM Programs

SRI International and the California School-Age Consortium are seeking volunteers for a study to determine if the young professionals working as science, technology, and math instructors in after-school, weekend, and summer programs for middle school students are influenced to pursue STEM careers based on the type of curriculum they're using.

November 11, 2014

After-School Arts 'Light a Fire' in Students, Says First Lady

First lady Michelle Obama presented $10,000 awards to 12 community-based, after-school, summer, and weekend arts programs through the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, which was established to increase the number of arts-enrichment programs for underserved students.

November 07, 2014

Grants Available to Study After-School Literacy

The deadline is drawing near for applications from university researchers to partner with out-of-school providers to study literacy in after-school programs through a competitive grant program from the National Institute on Out-of-School Time.

November 03, 2014

Connecticut Awards $4.7 Million for After-School and Expanded Learning

Connecticut awards $4.7 million in grants from the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to expand school days to create new before- and after-school programs that provide students in low-performing, high-poverty schools with academic tutoring, sports, art programs, dance, and hands-on learning.

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