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Opportunity in Hard Times

Building Out-of-School Time Learning Systems that Last

A Wallace conference probed how to sustain citywide systems of high-quality afterschool learning opportunities, even in hard times.
April 2009
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A boy mans his "Promise Store" during an afterschool program.
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  • The Wallace Foundation
Page Count 19 pages


A number of U.S. cities have been building citywide systems to make high-quality afterschool programs more available to children, especially those from underserved communities. Looking toward surviving the immediate economic hard times and beyond, this report from a Wallace-sponsored conference gathers advice for those efforts including: developing closer ties to schools, and collecting and using data to guide decisions.

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