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Last Updated: 11/20/2017
 

 Article of Interest - After School Programs

Mott Foundation Continues Support for Afterschool Programming

The Foundation Center

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The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan, has awarded a four-year, $3.6 million grant to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study the impacts and best practices of afterschool programs, particularly those that focus on underserved populations.

 

The university's Wisconsin Center for Education Research and D.C.-based Policy Studies Associates will conduct a study on the effects of best practices among afterschool programs. Specifically, the study will seek to identify the characteristics of afterschool programs that have been in operation for at least three years and have improved participants' academic performance and emotional well being.

 

This is the second major grant awarded by Mott to fund evaluations of afterschool programs. In 1998, the foundation joined the U.S. Department of Education to launch the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, which currently supports 7,500 rural and urban schools in 1,400 communities in their efforts to provide quality afterschool programming for children and youth as well as lifelong learning opportunities for family and community members. The foundation's seven-year, $100 million commitment to the 21st CCLC initiative includes support for training, evaluation, and building public will for afterschool programs.

 

"Such evaluations offer an important opportunity to learn what works in a quality afterschool program, to bring those strategies to new projects, and to use them to improve existing programs," said Mott Foundation president William S. White. "For the more than 11 million young people growing up in poverty in the United States, educational opportunities — including afterschool programs — represent a crucial step toward future success."

 

“Mott Foundation Grant Supports Continued Evaluation of Quality Afterschool Programs.” Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Press Release 2/07/03.

 

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