Research

Research is important for program providers to use in developing program practices. A wealth of information exists that is dedicated to providing evidence of the impact that afterschool and summer programming have on children, youth, families and communities.  The following websites will assist programs in keeping up to date on the latest trends, research studies and best practices in afterschool time programming.

  • Afterschool Alliance 
    The nation’s leading voice for afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments.
  • Children Youth Families and Education Research Network 
    CYFERnet is designed to be used by anyone who needs comprehensive children, youth or family information including: educators, researchers, parents, youth agency staff, community members, human services and health care providers, students, policy makers, youth, and the media.
  • Child Trends 
    Provides research and briefs for the out-of-school time field, including staff development, school and community involvement and outcome measurements.
  • The Forum for Youth Investment 
    A trusted resource for policy makers, advocates, researchers, and program professionals.   Provides youth and adult leaders with the information, connections and tools they need to create greater opportunities and outcomes for young people.
  • The Wallace Foundation
    The Wallace Foundation is a national organization that, among other issues, seeks to expand and improve afterschool learning opportunities through research and strengthening leadership.
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