Research plays a critical role in explaining the importance of afterschool and summer learning programs on children and youth. Below you will find information that can help you make the case for afterschool in your community.
One of RIASPA’s goals is to help Rhode Islanders better understand the need for increased access to afterschool and summer learning for the state’s children and youth. Through our policy brief series, RIASPA is educating elected officials, educators, parents, and other key stakeholders about afterschool and summer learning to increase understanding of these expanded learning opportunities.
STEM & Afterschool (Spring 2012)
The Power of Afterschool and the Future of Learning (Winter 2011)
After the School Bell Rings: Key Findings from a Statewide Parent Survey (Fall 2011)
Summer Learning in Rhode Island: An Overview (Spring 2011)
Expanded Learning Opportunities: An Overview (Fall 2010)
Rhode Islanders overwhelmingly support afterschool and want to see more afterschool opportunities and funding. The public polls below also demonstrate the great need in our state for increased access to afterschool programs.
Every year, more research is published that validates the positive effects of afterschool and summer learning! The links below offer a sample of the research on afterschool and summer learning. For more information visit the website of the Afterschool Alliance or the National Summer Learning Association.