Did you Know?
"Both learners and teachers need more time - not to do more of the same, but to use all time in new, different, and better ways" (Prisoners of Time).
"Content matters. School-community partnerships matter. It’s not just extending time, but providing quality, engaging, enriching learning opportunities during that time" (Afterschool Alliance).
“The size of children’s vocabularies, reading comprehension, and verbal skills are directly related to the quantity of text they read. Because children are typically given little time for reading in school, reading during out-of-school time is the primary way to increase the amount of reading children do, hence building their reading competence” (Cunningham and Stanovich).
“Reading aloud to students and using questions to activate prior knowledge are effective techniques for positively affecting students’ attitudes toward reading. Comprehension increases when students have conversations about a text with peers and teachers” (Pressley).
"The achievement gap in the United States is a well-documented issue that pervades every aspect of society, and one of its essential cogs is the disconnect in reading and writing achievement between low-income children and those from more affluent backgrounds. By comparison, children from low-income families start off at an immense disadvantage in terms of literacy development" (Literacy by the Numbers: Afterschool Alliance Issue Brief #53).
“Middle school stands as a particularly important time to intervene and ensure that children are on the right track toward proficient literacy. Although reading and writing abilities are first developed in elementary school, sixth graders who failed math or English/reading have only a 10 to 20 percent chance of graduating high school on time. Therefore, intervention during the middle school years is critical, and children who have fallen behind in elementary school need more help to catch up” (MetLife Foundation)
"A child’s reading comprehension in first grade can be predicted almost exclusively by decoding ability. But by second grade deficiencies in vocabulary, background knowledge, and critical thinking are the principal limiting factors of a child’s reading comprehension abilities. This effect increases with each grade" (Juel).
“SSFP is pioneering new and innovative ways to apply integrated curriculum strategies in after-school settings” (The President’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities).
“Writing and literacy are areas where out-of-school programs can have the most impact” (The National Partnership for Quality After-school Learning).