Investing in Successful Summer Programs A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act
RAND Corporation, June 2019, 163 pp.
This report provides a systematic review of the evidence supporting summer programs and descriptions of evidence-based programs and guidance regarding the effectiveness of summer interventions. more info >
Afterschool Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act
Wallace Foundation, March 2019, 70 pp.
This report, a review of research from 2000 to 2017, examines afterschool programs that meet ESSA's top tier requirements and which show positive impacts on students. Programs reviewed span grades K-12 and and range from academic to physical fitness to career development. more info >
After the Bell Youth Activity Engagement in Relation to Income and Metropolitan Status
Carsey Public Policy Institute, May 2017, 6 pp.
This brief uses data from the 2012 National Survey of Children’s Health to examine involvement in extracurricular activities among youth ages 12–18. It finds that access to extracurricular activities and employment is growing more unequal, and that lower-income youth may be increasingly disadvantaged compared to middle- and upper-income children. more info >
The Journal for Civic Commitment
Community College National Center for Community Engagement, May 2015
Online journal that focuses on service learning, which connects the academic curriculum to service and civic engagement. more info >
The importance of play in promoting healthy child development and maintaining strong parent-child bond: Focus on children in poverty
American Academy of Pediatrics, December 2011, 12 pp.
Discusses the importance of play and addresses issues that may deprive children who live in poverty from gaining the maximum benefit from play. more info >
From Soft Skills to Hard Data: Measuring Youth Program Outcomes
Forum for Youth Investment, October 2011, 64 pp.
Reviews youth outcome measurement tools appropriate for use in after-school programs. Outcome areas include: communication, relationships and collaboration, critical thinking and decision-making, and initiative and self-direction. more info >
The impact of youth development programs on student academic achievement
National Collaboration for Youth, March 2011, 8 pp.
This brief cites evaluations and profiles of a sample of diverse community-based programs that affect student performance and reduce negative outcomes. more info >
Structuring out-of-school time to improve academic achievement
Institute of Education Sciences, July 2009, 98 pp.
Presents five recommendations intended to help district and school administrators, out-of-school program providers, and educators design out-of-school time programs that will increase learning for students. Each recommendation is accompanied by supporting research, implementation steps and ways to address potential roadblocks. more info >
Education Policy Research
Education section of Mathematica Policy Research. Provides research information about topics including curriculum, teacher quality, at-risk youth, technology and school choice. more info >
Education Commission of the States
Educational information covering early learning, K-12, and postsecondary. The issue sites include summaries of the facts, what states are doing, programs and practice, and sources of additional information on topics such as school readiness, assessment, at-risk students, charter schools, child abuse, educational attainment, mentoring, teaching, and many more. more info >
ERIC database (Education Resources Information Center)
Database of education research. more info >