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Summary of Lessons for the Field From Atlantic Philanthropies' "Out-of-School Time" Initiative

Published: June 2011

Publisher(s): Harvard Family Research Project; Atlantic Philanthropies

Funder(s): Atlantic Philanthropies

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Summary of Lessons for the Field from Atlantic Philanthropies’ “Out-of-School Time” Initiative

Area of Focus: Out-of-School Time


The summary report outlines the key outcomes and lessons learned from a five-year national effort to keep disadvantaged youth ages 8 to 16 engaged in learning during out-of-school time (OST) hours. The “integrated learning cluster” approach included investments in direct service, infrastructure, and advocacy.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

+Grants improved organizational capacity, evaluation, advocacy, collaboration, professional development, and awareness of the value of OST programs.

=Support for capacity-building, support for a strong advocacy base, commitment to evaluation and knowledge development, and sustained and flexible financial commitment are critical for field-building and bringing services to scale.

Focus: National

Subjects/Keywords: Disadvantaged Students; Educational Reform; Integrated Learning; Organizational Development; OST; Out-of-School Time

+ Successful strategy
= Observation
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