News in Afterschool
Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) has received the "Friend of Afterschool" award from the Iowa Afterschool Alliance. Rep. Loebsack is a longtime supporter of afterschool and has advocated for afterschool funding, including funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Read more.
The latest America After 3PM report from the Afterschool Alliance, titled The Growing Importance of Afterschool in Rural Communities, highlights strong demand for rural afterschool programs. The data indicate that 13 percent of students who live in rural areas participate in afterschool programs, but that for every student enrolled, an additional three would enroll if a suitable program were available. Read the full report.
On February 19, 2016 the White House and the U.S. Department of Education announced the launch of two initiatives that will seek to reduce chronic absenteeism in schools. These initiatives, Absences Add Up and the Success Mentors Initiative, will shed light on the problem of chronic absenteeism and help school personnel to better monitor student attendance.
STEM Next oficially launched on January 28, 2016. A new initiative out of the University of San Diego, STEM Next is leading efforts to increase opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning for young people across the country.
Pew Research Center released a new report today that shows how children of low-income and minority parents are less likely to have access to and participate in quality afterschool programs.