This new brief from the Afterschool Alliance explores afterschool and: the Common Core State Standards, students with disabilities and other special needs, data utilization to improve programming, and keeping children safe and supported. The briefs examine just a few of the ways afterschool programs support middle school youth, families and communities.

Last week I had an opportunity to convene with some of this nation’s impassioned afterschool advocates in Washington D.C. for the Charles Stewart Mott Conference. For decades, the Mott Foundation and supporters acknowledge the positive impact out-of-school time and expanded learning programs have on youth development in areas like academics,

A new study has just been released that helps “make the case” for expanded learning opportunities. Afterschool Programs That Follow Evidence-Based Practices to Promote Social and Emotional Development Are Effective summarizes findings from a comprehensive research review. They find that programs that follow four evidenced-based practices are most successful. Click

Local childcare program inspires low-income children to attend college and pursue STEM careers. Technicianonline.com By Sarah Maxwell, Staff Writer Published: Monday, January 16, 2012 Two of our state’s largest accredited institutions are located next door to one another: N.C. State University and North Carolina Central Prison. Many children in today’s

Torani Cherry, Raspberry, and Sugar Free French Vanilla syrups will sport new, limited-edition art labels designed by three students, Brook, Haven and Rachael from Stratford, Oklahoma. Stratford SAFE is a 21st Century Community Learning Center site. Their art was chosen from hundreds of entries from afterschool youth all across the

Promise Neighborhoods Grant Opportunity The U.S. Department of Education has released its federal application for Promise Neighborhoods – a new program investing in the future of children from birth through college by building a pipeline of social, educational, and health supports in poor communities in urban, suburban, and rural areas