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

Monday, February 10th, 2014

“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.

Free Resources for your Program

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Many afterschool programs request resources and activities that can be researched online. With this in mind, here are some websites which offer a variety of reading, geography, science and math activities and resources for your staff and program participants. These sources came from a recent Washington Post article referenced at the bottom of this post. Happy Hunting!

Book Reports:

This site, started by 10-year-old Emma Walker of Bethesda, has lots of reviews written by kids, for kids. It’s divided by age and author.


If you need a map, this is hands-down the best place to check out. Lots of beautiful pictures, articles and information about other countries and cultures.


Great suggestions for science fair projects and lab experiments. Reports science news in a kid-friendly way.


Cool graphics and interactivity.

New Resource from the Wallace Foundation: Better Together, Building Local Systems to Improve Afterschool

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

New Resource from the Wallace Foundation: Better Together, Building Local Systems to Improve Afterschool

Click here to download this report as a pdf

A decade ago, afterschool systems – which coordinate the work of programs, government, funders and other key afterschool players so they can together build more and better programming for kids – were a rarity in American cities.

Not so now, judging by the 57 city teams at a recent conference on afterschool systems.

Read about what they learned from one another and field pioneers in a report released today: Better Together: Building Local Systems to Improve Afterschool (A Conference Report).

The report captures clear themes about how systems can open the way to strong afterschool programming for more disadvantaged children – by improving program quality, collecting and using data for informed decision-making, getting the mayor on board, and even finding creative solutions to transportation problems.

Want to view excerpts of their conference’s opening session? Watch the videos.

The Wallace Foundation is eager to hear from you. Please tell them what you think of this report or any other Wallace publication at:

You’re Invited! 7/10/13 Free Webinar Re: Federal Afterschool Policy Proposals (link inside)

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Free Webinar on 7/10/13

Federal Afterschool Policy Proposals: The Implications for Cities 

The National League of Cities (NLC) will host a free webinar on July 10, 2013 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern Time about proposed changes to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program.

Join us for this free webinar and follow our twitter chat at #OSTPolicy.

When: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Time: 2-3pm EST

Webinar Link:

Cost: Free

Twitter (#OSTPolicy)

  • Join the National League of Cities’ webinar on 7/10 to learn about proposed changes to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program, the sole source of federal funding that is dedicated specifically to supporting local afterschool programs:
  • Chances are that federal afterschool dollars are having a meaningful impact on children and youth in your community. Register and tune into the National League of Cities’ upcoming webinar to better understand how proposed changes to federal afterschool policy could impact your community:


Statewide Afterschool Networks offer this incredible #FREE Guide: #Literacy Strategies After School (download it here)

Monday, May 6th, 2013

The Statewide Afterschool Networks is proud to offer this incredible FREE resource prepared by the Connecticut After School Network. Literacy Strategies After School is a 400-page compilation of 50 different strategies and lesson suggestions for increasing literacy with students in grades 1-6.

Developed specifically for use outside of the traditional classroom, these strategies are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and include extensive samples and resource lists.

This is a free resource in pdf format, so please feel free to forward the link to program providers far and wide.

Click here to download this FREE resource now!

We’d like to track how many people are using the document, so we ask that you forward the link and allow others to download the link directly from our site, rather than copying and re-posting the entire document on another site.

Let us know how you’re using it by dropping me an email at: