National Briefs

America After 3PM–National Report (2014)

Every five years, the Afterschool Alliance conducts the largest nationwide survey related to afterschool. The survey involves contacting households, and is primarily targeted at parents of school-age children. The data show attendance and demand, benefits, and support for afterschool programming.

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America After 3PM–National Report (2009)

Afterschool and the Achievement Gap 

Deborah Lowe Vandell is a renowned education researcher, who has spent the last five years specifically researching the longitudinal effects of participation in afterschool programs on child outcomes. This brief summarizes Vandell’s research, but to learn more about her research, read detailed reports, and explore the online toolbox, visit

Expanding Minds and Opportunities

Expanding Minds and Opportunities is a collection of over 90 research articles related to afterschool and expanded learning. The compendium was created by Dr. Terry Peterson, often referred to as the “Godfather of Afterschool,” for his work in expanded learning policies over the last three decades. Visit for electronic access to all of the articles featured in the compendium, or to purchase your own copy to share with community leaders and policymakers in Missouri.

Afterschool Alliance’s Briefs and Research page

The Afterschool Alliance has the most comprehensive, national database of afterschool research and briefs available, covering a variety of topics.

Summer Learning

Why is summer learning so important?  Check out these research articles from the Wallace Foundation.

Afterschool Works

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