Publications & Resources

What Works? Common Practices in High Functioning Afterschool Programs Across the Nation in Math, Reading, Science, Arts, Technology, and Homework–A Study by the National Partnership. The Afterschool Program Assessment Guide.

Mar 2010

Denise Huang, Jamie Cho, Sima Mostafavi, Hannah H. Nam, Christine Oh, Aletha Harven, and Seth Leon

In an effort to identify and incorporate exemplary practices into existing and future afterschool programs, the U.S. Department of Education commissioned a large-scale evaluation of the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) program. The purpose of this evaluation project was to develop resources and professional development that addresses issues relating to the establishment and sustainability of afterschool programs. Fifty-three high functioning programs representative across eight regional divisions of the nation, including rural and urban programs, community-based and school district related programs, were identified using rigorous methods. Exemplary practices in program organization, program structure, and especially in content delivery were studied. The findings were synthesized into the Afterschool Toolkit that was made available to programs nationwide via the world-wide-web. Professional development was conducted consistently and extensively throughout the nation.

Huang, D., Cho, J., Mostafavi, S., Nam, H., H., Oh, C., Harven, A., & Leon, S. (2009). What works? Common practices in high functioning afterschool programs across the nation in math, reading, science, arts, technology, and homework– A study by the National Partnership. The afterschool program assessment guide (CRESST Report 768). Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).