What happens when teams from 57 U.S. cities building afterschool systems gather to discuss two key system responsibilities—improving afterschool programs and using data for informed decision-making? Lots of rich discussion. This report covers a national afterschool conference held in February 2013. It details what mayors, program providers, system leaders, researchers and others had to say on a range of topics, including:
The report is accompanied by a series of videos featuring discussion from the conference’s opening session that highlight the importance of afterschool systems for children’s well-being as well as videos in which experts from around the U.S. discuss a range of afterschool issues.
In this opening session from the “Better Together” national conference, Wallace President Will Miller moderates a conversation with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and OSI-Baltimore Director Jane Sundius on the value of collaborating for high-quality afterschool.
High-quality afterschool programs, which provide rich opportunities for growth, learning and fun, reach only a small percentage of children and teens today. Hear national experts discuss what cities can do to close this gap and boost quality and participation in dynamic out-of-school-time programs.