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Municipal Leadership for Afterschool

Citywide Approaches Spreading Across the Country

The National League of Cities identifies and looks in detail at 27 U.S. cities with advanced efforts to coordinate afterschool programming.
October 2011
A female white teacher kneeling on the ground helping 2 young male students writing on the sidewalk with chalk
  • Author(s)
  • Bela Shah Spooner
  • Publisher(s)
  • National League of Cities
Page Count 179 pages


The National League of Cities identifies 27 larger U.S. cities that have made significant strides in building systems to support after-school programming. The report documents how each of the cities went about its work and finds some common practices.

Practices include placing strong emphasis on data-informed decision-making and taking steps to improve the quality of programs. 

An appendix provides detailed profiles of each city.

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