Building Better Afterschool: City by City

The Wallace Foundation released a report on on their Better Together conference to help cities find

resources to build afterschool systems.


Originally posted in the Wallace Foundation’s Newsletter

A decade ago, afterschool systems – which coordinate the work of programs, government, funders and other key afterschool players so they can together build more and better programming for kids – were a rarity in American cities.

Not so now, judging by the 57 city teams at a recent conference on afterschool systems.   

Read about what they learned from one another and field pioneers in a report released today: Better Together: Building Local Systems to Improve Afterschool (A Conference Report).

The report captures clear themes about how systems can open the way to strong afterschool programming for more disadvantaged children – by improving program quality, collecting and using data for informed decision-making, getting the mayor on board, and even finding creative solutions to transportation problems.

Want to view excerpts of the conference’s opening session? Watch the videos.

*pictured above: Girls Rock, RI rock the AfterZone

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