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Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #1: Out-of-School Research Meets After-School Policy

The past five years have seen a ground swell in public attention and public policy aimed at increasing the availability of after-school programs for children and young teens during the "risk" hours when safety, supervision and homework are of top concern.

Youth Today: A Delicate Balance

By Karen Pittman, October 2002

There is a new mantra on Capitol Hill: scientifically-based research. The term is used more than 100 times in the No Child Left Behind legislation. But...

What exactly is scientifically-based research? Is there enough of it available to really guide policy development and implementation?

Promoting Positive Youth Development as a Support to Academic Achievement: After-School for All

This white paper, by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) in association with the Forum for Youth Investment, investigates how after-school programs can most effectively promote positive youth development as a support to academic achievement.

Youth Today: Free-Choice Learning

By Karen Pittman, September 2002

Ready by 21® Indicators: Initial Recommendations to Maryland

Across the country, states are working to develop indicators that present a full picture of the lives of young people, monitoring both problems they hope to help young people avoid, and positive strengths they hope to help young people build.

California: School Violence

This bill would establish the California Double Your Cash program to lead and encourage the development of a school's plan for preventing school violence.

(SB1667, CA, 2002)

Rhode Island: State of Rhode Island Program Indicators by Department

Program Indicators by Department is a list of indicators used for the state budget. It includes indicators used in all the departments and some subdepartments including Children's Behavioral Services, Juvenile Correctional Services, Child Welfare and Family Health.

California: Contra Costa County Children and Family Services Budget

Children and Family Services Budget is organized around five desired outcomes for children and families. Each of the 115 programs described in the Budget is categorized according to the primary community outcome served by the program.

Click here to read about the Budget.

Youth Today: Journalists, Teach Thy Selves

By Karen Pittman, July 2002

Ohio: Ohio Family and Children First

The primary function of Ohio’s strategic plan is to mobilize child and family serving partners to assess and address through a community plan the resource needs of children and families, coordinate services for children and families by providing a venue for families requiring services where their needs may not have been adequately addressed in traditional agency systems, and engage and empower