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After-School Programs to Promote Child and Adolescent Development: Summary of a Workshop

National Research Council,
Institute of Medicine
Year Published: 2000
National Academy Press
David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The authors of this 72-page report summarize the presentations and discussion at a workshop entitled "Opportunities to Promote Child and Adolescent Development During After-School Hours," convened in October 1999. The workshop brought together policymakers, researchers, and practitioners to examine research on the developmental needs of children and adolescents ages 5 to 14 years and the types of after-school programs designed to promote the health and development of these young people. Intended to provide a forum for discussion among the various stakeholders, the workshop did not generate conclusions about the types of programs that are most effective, nor did it generate specific recommendations about after-school programs or promote a particular approach. Instead, the workshop was an effort to take stock of the current knowledge base on after-school programs and highlight key findings from recent research. It was also convened to help inform the future work of the Committee on Community-Level Programs for Youth, a new initiative of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academies, and its Forum on Adolescence. The report chapters include: Policy Environment; Developmental Challenges and Opportunities; Describing After- School Programs; Components of High-Quality After-School Programs; Three Innovative Approaches; and Bridging the Gap in Research, Policy and Practice. The report includes references, a list of participants in the 1999 workshop, and titles of selected reports of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families. Modified Author Abstract.

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