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Don't Let After-School Be An After-Thought

Expanding Minds and Opportunities Compendium Introduces Newest Research to the Field

In 2013, the Expanded Learning & Afterschool Project with support by the C.S. Mott Foundation, published a groundbreaking compendium of research surrounding the positive benefits of after-school and summer learning, Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success. This compendium is a collection of nearly 70 powerful articles from more than 100 leading researchers, educators and community leaders across the nation. The work focuses on six different areas of after-school research:

On March 12, 2013, the Michigan State Board of Education approved the revised Michigan Out-Of-School Time Standards of Quality (MOST). These standards, based on research, may be used as a framework for the design and implementation of high-quality, comprehensive programs that meet the specific and different needs of children during non-school hours.

Quality standards have been established for a set of critical components which indicate program quality, including:

  • Health, Safety
  • Human Relationships
  • Program Staffing
  • Indoor and Outdoor Environments
  • Program Activities
  • Administration
  • Single-Purpose Programs