School and Community

Children and youth who participate in well-implemented programs and activities outside of school are poised to stay enrolled longer and perform better in school than their peers who do not attend such programs


Council of Chief State School Officers

Measurable Impact for Students, Teachers and Administrators

There are years of research proving the positive benefits of quality afterschool/out-of-school time (OST) that is connected to the school day:

  • Higher grades, homework completion rates and test scores
  • Higher graduation rates and postsecondary education enrollment
  • Better attendance records and lower dropout rates
  • Fewer negative behaviors such as alcohol and drug use and violence
  • Increase in positive attitudes and behaviors
  • Better teacher morale and higher ratings of teachers by parents
  • Better reputations of schools within the community

Strengthening Communities

Communities need citizens that are connected to their community in order to thrive. In multiple ways, afterschool and OST help children and youth in urban, rural and suburban areas build positive connections with adults and their peers. These supportive relationships with staff, counselors, volunteers, older youth serving as leaders, etc., solidify a young person’s bond with the community. Besides strengthening academic skills, quality OST helps youth of all ages appreciate their culture and neighborhoods, build self-esteem and leadership skills, stay in school, and explore college or careers while learning from positive role models. As a result, their OST experiences (or the unfortunate lack thereof) greatly influence the goals they set for themselves as happy and productive citizens in the community.

Pennsylvania’s children and youth spend 20 percent of their waking hours in school. It is important to know how they are spending the other 80 percent and its potential impact on your community.

Resources

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