A review of 30 studies on after-school and summer programs across the country found mixed results regarding their benefits on student academic performance.
California has the largest investment in expanded learning programs in the nation, but there is still “a large, unmet need” for these programs, according to a recent report.
One California school district is considering asking voters to pay for new college readiness programs. The $13 million estimate includes costs of rejiggering the school schedule to allow for eight periods, up from six; creating an associated summer school program; expanding support services for students; and hiring and training staff.
The California Department of Education has issued a set of quality standards for expanded learning programs that include giving youth opportunities “to play a meaningful role in program design and implementation.”