Creating Opportunities for Young People: Statewide After-School Networks

Terri Ferinde


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress made a once-in-a-generation investment in after-school and summer learning programs with the potential to provide supports and opportunities for children and youth across America. At the same time, after 2 decades of development, networks in all 50 states were poised to advise and support the investment in innovative quality programs. This thought leader piece explores impact of the statewide after-school networks, funded in part by the Charles Stewart Mott foundation, and how they increase access for millions of children and youth in quality after-school and summer learning programs. The piece makes the case for increased recognition of the role of statewide after-school networks and increased collaboration between network leaders and researchers interested in positive youth development.


networks; after-school; policy; funding; innovation

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