The importance of play in promoting healthy child development and maintaining strong parent-child bond: Focus on children in poverty
American Academy of Pediatrics, December 2011, 12 pp.
Discusses the importance of play and addresses issues that may deprive children who live in poverty from gaining the maximum benefit from play. more info >
The impact of youth development programs on student academic achievement
National Collaboration for Youth, March 2011, 8 pp.
This brief cites evaluations and profiles of a sample of diverse community-based programs that affect student performance and reduce negative outcomes. more info >
Engaging older youth: Program and city-level strategies to support sustained paticipation in out-of-school time
Harvard Family Research Project, April 2010, 106 pp.
This report examines almost 200 out-of-school time programs serving primarily low-income youth. It focuses on programs with high participation and retention rates in order to identify the program characteristics found to be the most successful in retaining older youth, as well as the strategies that cities are using to support participation. more info >
Nonformal learning opportunities, Snapshots on Minnesota Youth
Minnesota Department of Public Safety, October 2009
Looks at out-of-school time activities available for youth and the characteristics of the youth who participate in them. more info >
Structuring out-of-school time to improve academic achievement
Institute of Education Sciences, July 2009, 98 pp.
Presents five recommendations intended to help district and school administrators, out-of-school program providers, and educators design out-of-school time programs that will increase learning for students. Each recommendation is accompanied by supporting research, implementation steps and ways to address potential roadblocks. more info >
Minnesota out-of-school time funding streams final report
Minnesota Department of Education, April 2009, 42 pp.
Report on the structure of funding for out-of-school time programs in Minnesota. more info >
The cost of quality out-of-school-time programs
Public/Private Ventures, January 2009, 90 pp.
Analyzed data on 111 quality out-of-school time programs across six cities to determine the full costs of programming. more info >
Charting a course: Connecting out-of-school time opportunities
Minnesota Department of Education, April 2008, 16 pp.
This booklet provides information on the Department’s key out-of-school time funding streams, national resources and best practices. more info >
A place to grow and learn: A citywide approach to building and sustaining out-of-school time learning opportunities
The Wallace Foundation, February 2008, 16 pp.
Drawing on early lessons from a Wallace initiative in five cities, this report describes a novel, coordinated approach to achieve widespread, sustained improvements in the quality and reach of "OST" programs so that many more children can benefit. more info >
Learning from small-scale experimental evaluations of after school programs: Out-of-school time evaluation snapshot
Harvard Family Research Project, April 2006, 8 pp.
Reviews small-scale experimental evaluations of after school programs, highlighting these studies' evaluation strategies and results. more info >
Helping youth succeed through out-of-school time programs
American Youth Policy Forum, December 2005, 55 pp.
Reviews current research and literature on out-of- school time programs especially with regard to their effectiveness; explores the range of OST programs and activities as employed by the various youth-serving sectors; considers the untapped possibilities of OST programs to meet the needs of young people. more info >
Getting it right : strategies for after-school success
Public/Private Ventures, August 2005, 46 pp.
Synthesizes ten years of findings from Public/Private Ventures' (P/PV) and other researchers' work on selected after-school programs. Sections include: (1) Getting the right youth; (2) Keeping youth long enough; (3) Developing strong management; and (4) Putting it all together : the budget challenge. more info >
Critical hours: Afterschool programs and educational success, executive summary
Nellie Mae Education Foundation, May 2003, 24 pp.
Focuses on the role of afterschool programs in promoting learning and positive development. Includes findings showing outcomes of afterschool programs and theories of change regarding how afterschool programs work. more info >
High school after-school: What is it? What might it be? Why is it important?
Forum for Youth Investment, December 2002, 7 pp.
Sections include, "What do teenagers do after school?, What are the barriers to engagement?, What are the rules of engagement?, What opportunities does the high school after-school idea present?, What might high school after-school look like?, and What is the long-term vision? more info >
The Effectiveness of out-of-school-time strategies in assisting low-achieving students in reading and mathematics: A research synthesis
Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning, November 2002, 2 pp.
Researchers "analyzed all rigorous research conducted since 1984 on the impact of out-of-school strategies in improving the reading and mathematics achievement of low-achieving or at-risk students." more info >
Education Policy Research
Education section of Mathmatica Policy Research. Provides research information about topics including curriculum, teacher quality, at-risk youth, technology and school choice. more info >
UCLA School Mental Health Project - Center for Mental Health in Schools
Resources on a variety of subjects, including after-school programs, barriers to learning, bullying, children and poverty, homeless children and youth, violence prevention, and a lot more. more info >
Education Commission of the States
Educational information covering early learning, K-12, and postsecondary. The issue sites include summaries of the facts, what states are doing, programs and practice, and sources of additional information on topics such as school readiness, assessment, at-risk students, charter schools, child abuse, educational attainment, mentoring, teaching, and many more. more info >
ERIC database (Education Resources Information Center)
Database of education research. more info >