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10 Mar 2013
Topics: » After-School System-Building, » Effective Practice, » Program Quality, » Staff Training & Development, » Structure, Staffing & Effectiveness, » Student Outcomes, » Youth Development

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Summary of the National Conference, "Better Together: Building Local Systems to Improve After-School"

On February 21 and 22, nearly 400 leaders from 57 cities came together in Baltimore to discuss how to better coordinate efforts to bolster the availability of high-quality after-school programs. At a conference organized by The Wallace Foundation and four co-sponsoring organizations—the American Youth Policy Forum, Collaborative for Building After-School Systems, Forum for Youth Investment, and National League of Cities—cross-sector teams comprised of representatives from after-school programs and intermediaries, school districts, Mayor’s offices, city agencies, foundations, and community-based organizations discussed these questions:

• What is a local after-school system and why build one?
• How do we coordinate efforts to increase access to high-quality programs to students most in need?
• How can we use data smartly and efficiently to track participation and drive continuous improvement?
• How do we finance and institutionalize local after-school systems?