After-school and summer programs are essential to keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and support working families.
The Demand for After-School Programs in Arkansas (July 2009)
Half of 3,700 Arkansas children recently surveyed said they were unsupervised after school on a regular basis, according to a new report by students from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
The report on the demand for after-school programs in Arkansas public schools also found that a majority of the children surveyed would consider attending an after-school program if their school offered one.
Youth Involvement in Evaluation & Research
Karen Horsch, Priscilla M. D. Little, Jennifer Chase Smith, Leslie Goodyear, Erin Harris
This brief draws on information collected from focus group interviews with representatives of 14 programs that are involving youth in their evaluation and research efforts. It examines the elements of successful youth involved research projects and offers short profiles of the 14 organizations included in the study.
Documenting Progress and Demonstrating Results: Evaluating Local Out-of-School Time Programs
Priscilla M. D. Little , Sharon DuPree, Sharon Deich
A collaboration with the Finance Project, this brief provides practitioners of local out-of-school time programs with techniques, tools, and strategies for improving their program and tracking their effectiveness over time.
Summer Success: Challenges and Strategies in Creating Quality Academically Focused Summer Programs
Christopher Wimer, Rachel Gunther
This brief looks at evaluations of 34 academically focused summer programs in order to distill challenges and compile promising strategies for creating quality summer programs.
Arkansas-specific resources and information are available at the Arkansas Out-of-School Network site www.aosn.org.