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Opportunity in Hard Times: Building Out-of-School Time Learning Systems That Last

Published: April 2009

Publisher(s): Wallace Foundation

Funder(s): Wallace Foundation

View Report (19 pages; 2.07MB; PDF)

Area of focus: Out-of-School Time


This Wallace Foundation report summarizes the proceedings from their 2009 Conference, “Out-of-School Time Quality: Financing for Sustainability.” It builds on the groundwork from the previous out-of-school (OST) report, A Place to Grow and Learn: A Citywide Approach to Building and Sustaining Out-of-School Time Learning Opportunities, released in February 2008 and discusses some of the realities facing OST programs. The report documents concerns raised as well as practical suggestions made by conference participants.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

= Despite the economic climate, sustaining programs can be attained by maintaining municipal commitment to OST resources and new partnerships with other organizations such as universities and recreational groups.

- Funding from public and privates sources is likely to be scarce in the coming year for OST programs.

Geographic Focus: National

Subjects/Keywords: After-school learning; out-of-school time programs; OST

+ Successful strategy
= Observation
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