New Wallace Videos Show How Afterschool Can Help Cities Close the Opportunity Gap

“Afterschool is where the community can help the school push back against the hungry bear of poverty…that’s really what keeps taking bites out of our progress.”

So says Robert Balfanz, a professor and senior research scientist at Johns Hopkins University, one of the experts in a new six-minute video from The Wallace Foundation. Hear them discuss how afterschool can help cities close the opportunity gap between low-income students and their higher-income peers.

In a second video, field leaders lay out steps cities can take to build an afterschool system in order to boost program quality and attendance.

The videos were taped in 2013 as part of the Better Together conference on how cities can improve access to high-quality afterschool – and help push back the hungry bear of poverty – by coordinating the work of government agencies, program providers and funders.

To learn more about afterschool system building, click here.

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