Studies have shown that high quality expanded learning programs link to student achievement. The tools and research summaries here outline some of the most recent and compelling research on the impact of expanded learning on student achievement, attendance and classroom behavior.


The Achievement Gap Is Real

Afterschool research by Deborah Vandell demonstrates that more consistent time spent in afterschool activities during the elementary school years is linked to narrowing the gap in math achievement, reduced school absences and improved behavioral outcomes for students.

Building a Culture of Attendance: Schools and Afterschool Programs Together Can and Should Make a Difference!

Hedy Chang (Attendance Works) joins Phyllis Jordan (The Hatcher Group) to show the impact afterschool programs can make on student attendance when working with schools.

[PowerPoint] Why Attendance Matters

This presentation by Hedy Chang (Attendance Works) was delivered for the Attendance Matters webinar on October 25, 2012. Be sure to check out the full recording.

Achieving, Connecting, Thriving: Afterschool and Summer Learning in Collaboration With Schools

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson joins Boston After-School & Beyond Executive Director Chris Smith to show why collaboration between schools and expanded learning programs is so important.

Expanded Learning Opportunities Are Key to Student Learning

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee explains how expanded learning opportunities across the state are improving educational outcomes of elementary through high school students. Governor Chafee provides the data to support the positive impact that these afterschool and summer learning programs have on students who participate.

Quality Afterschool Programs Supported by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Are Part of Equation for Education Success in Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Evers, demonstrates the importance of expanded learning opportunities. Superintendent Evers provides data to support the myriad benefits of participation in high-quality 21st Century Community Learning Centers, including building important school-community partnerships.

Supporting English Language Learners: In-School, Afterschool and Summer

With the growing number of english language learners in our schools, we must discover ways to help them learn. Dr. Lisa Pray takes a close look at these issues and explains how afterschool and summer can help close the achievement gap.

Effective Strategies for Engaging Parents: Real-Life Experiences That Make a Difference

Meaningful parent engagement can be one of the biggest challenges school and community-based educators face. This report by Loras Osterhaus (Clinton Community Schools) addresses effective strategies for engaging parents and other adult caregivers.

Bringing Universities into the Mix: New Opportunities for Enhancing Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs

Combining the efforts of afterschool providers and institutions of higher education creates a wealth of opportunities for children and communities. This report by Elaine M. Johannes (Kansas Statue University), Cathy Mullins (Shawnee State University) and Marcia J. Dvorak (Kansas Enrichment Network) discusses the opportunities that arise when universities, afterschool and summer learning programs work together.

Inspired Programming Driving Student Success: A Look at Florida's 21st Century Community Learning Centers

When a 21st Century Program is done right, it is often the very best thing in a child’s life. This study by Joe Davis (Florida Afterschool Network), Lani Lingo (Florida Department of Education) and Shelah Woodruff (Florida Department of Education) discusses critical components for a successful 21st Century Community Learning Center.

Afterschool Programs that Follow Evidence-Based Practices to Promote Social and Emotional Development Are Effective.

This research summary by Joseph Durlak (Loyola University Chicago) and Roger Weissberg (University of Illinois at Chicago) underscores the link between high quality programs and student achievement. Their analysis of more than 60 studies of afterschool programs showed that certain high quality afterschool programs are associated with:

  • Increased academic performance
  • Increased attendance
  • Significant improvements in behavior

[PowerPoint] Afterschool Programs that Follow Evidence-based Practices to Promote Social and Emotional Development Are Effective.

This is the PowerPoint Presentation by Joseph Durlak and Roger Weissberg that outlines the results of their analysis of the research of afterschool programs.

Infographic: High Quality Afterschool Programs Accelerate Student Achievement.

This infographic summarizes the impact that high quality afterschool programs have on:

  • Attendance
  • Behavior
  • Coursework

Harvard Family Research Project's Out-of-School Time Program Research and Evaluation Database.

Explore this database of afterschool-related research and evaluation in support of high-quality afterschool programs.

[Web Event] Expanding Learning: Making a Difference for Children and Youth.

This Web event discusses new research on afterschool and launches the Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project.

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