Video Review: History of Afterschool in America


  • M. Maureen Toomey University of Idaho 4-H Youth Development



after-school, out-of-school programs, youth development


After-school and out-of-school time programs are common across the United States and are seen as providing safe and nurturing environments for children, youth, and teens. The History of Afterschool in America documentary succinctly lays out the evolution of after-school and out-of-school time programming. The 60-minute documentary is framed in 12 chapters with narrative from historians, key advocates and leaders, practitioners, and teens. An accompanying learning guide provides discussion questions, key words and phrases, and additional resources. It is a must watch for after-school professionals, youth-serving organizations, and collaborators.

Author Biography

M. Maureen Toomey, University of Idaho 4-H Youth Development

Maureen Toomey, M.Ed. is an Area Extension Educator, Assistant Professor of Healthy Living with the University of Idaho, Extension, 4-H Youth Development.  Toomey is an experienced youth development educator, directing the statewide 4-H healthy living program focused on nutrition, social well-being and physical health through building strong partnerships within and outside the university system. Toomey has over thirty years experience as a practitioner and director of afterschool programs.


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Newman, S. A., Fox, J. A., Flynn, E. A., & Christenson, W. (2000). America's after-school choice: The prime time for juvenile crime, or youth enrichment and achievement. Washington, DC: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.

Piha, S., Daraio, S., & Cruz, R. (2019). History of afterschool in America: Learning guide. How Kids Learn Foundation and Temescal Associates. Retrieved from






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