Video Review: History of Afterschool in America

M. Maureen Toomey


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.


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

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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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