For almost 20 years, afterschool providers, parents, students, educators and other afterschool advocates have been coming to Washington, D.C., for the Afterschool for All Challenge.
Across the country, 10.2 million youth are involved in some type of formal or informal out-of-school time (OST) program, during summer, before school, and after school.
Congress is back from its late summer recess, so it's a good time for an update on federal policy related to social and emotional learning (SEL), especially the learning that happens when school has just begun and young people are looking forward to new opportunities to grow, learn and have fun.
Out-of-school time programs play a central role in supporting a young person's mental health and should be seen as a core component in the mental health system for young people.
One of the most important benefits of an afterschool program is that it widens young peoples' interests and gets them involved in a variety of activities to foster their personal growth.
The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with Dollar General Literacy Foundation, recently honored The Bridge Project in Denver, Colorado, for demonstrated excellence in helping develop literacy skills of English language learner students.
Jesse Burne, Executive Director, offers an inside look at his program's work.
Mark your calendars: October 26, 2017, is the 18th annual Lights On Afterschool. Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn and helping working families.