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In this edition, sign on in support of school and community partnerships, read the results from RAND's new study on summer learning, and find out more about our West Coast System-Building Institute.


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Policy Updates

Every Hour Counts is delighted to lend our support for The Community Partnerships in Education Act, introduced by Congressman David Cicilline (RI) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI). The bill incentivizes and requires partnerships between schools and communities to increase the availability and quality of expanded learning opportunities. Many thanks to Congressman Cicilline and Senator Whitehouse for their leadership on this bill.


To show your support for The Community Partnerships in Education Act, add your name to our sign-on letter


Every Hour Counts, along with other leading advocates for expanded learning opportunities, are fighting to keep the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program alive. The House and Senate are proposing bills that would eliminate the 21st CCLC Program, the only dedicated federal funding stream for after-school. Contact your legislators to fight for 21st Century and feel free to use language from our comment letter

Every Hour Counts News

Every Hour Counts is excited to host our Second Annual System-Building Institute, March 26-27 in Oakland, California. We have fifteen city team from across the country— and one from Brazil planning to attend. Want your city to attend? Email us now!


Alongside our Institute, Grantmakers for Education’s OST Funder Network is hosting a gathering for OST funders to examine and discuss what grantmakers can do to catalyze quality in expanded learning programs and systems. Funders interested in attending can register here


Follow the conversation on Twitter at #systemsinstitute and stay tuned for a summary.

News from Our Partners

➜ Dig Deep on SEL in Summer Learning

Summer learning is an ideal time to focus on social-emotional skills. The Partnership for Children and Youth's new video focuses on how a few key practices — like high expectations and a positive environment  can jumpstart social-emotional growth. 


➜ TASC Tackles the 6,000 Hour Learning Gap

By the time they reach 6th grade, kids born into poverty are likely to suffer a 6,000-hour learning gap compared with their middle-class peers. TASC’s ExpandED Schools help close that gap by providing extra time and education enrichments such as knitting, STEP and robotics. Watch TASC’s new video for an inside look at ExpandED Schools. And hear 6th graders explain in their own words just why expanded learning time is so important.

➜ Youthprise's Youth Researchers Dive into Holistic Well-Being
What do youth need to feel healthy and whole? Youthprise's Youth Research team worked with focus groups of youth to find out. Their study (pdf) is an eye-opening look at how young people have different perspectives on their own healthy development, well-being, and success than do some adult researchers.
➜ Boston Unites to Enhance Summer Learning
Boston After School And Beyond hosted a Summer Learning Summit to discuss strategies for closing the achievement gap. Over 175 people and 90 organizations convened to learn about and discuss effective practices of summer learning. The Boston Globe has the story.

What We're Reading

Skills to Pay the Bills for Expanded Learning Providers

A study of a Wallace Foundation initiative that provided 25 nonprofit organizations with financial management training found that groups improved and institutionalized strong financial management practices. Better financial management means that organizations are more sustainable and able to pursue their missions more effectively. Check out for tools to help your organization become "fiscally fit."


➜ Summer Learning Boosts Student Success

Can summer learning programs boost low-income students' success in school? The near-term findings from a new Wallace Foundation and RAND study found that students who attend one summer of learning enter school in the fall with higher math skills and that factors like high instructional quality are associated with positive reading outcomes. Boston After School and Beyond's Chris Smith shared why the results are great news for Boston on our blog


➜ Atlantic Highlights the "Activity Gap" between Rich and Poor 

The gap in access to expanded learning opportunities is large and growing, according to a recent article in the Atlantic. While “extracurricular activities instill the skills and values that matter most for upward mobility," the children most in need of these activities are often missing out.  
Digital Learning Increases School Readiness

At the White House Summit on Early Learning, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS announced new investments in the Ready To Learn Initiative, which develops educational television and digital media content for young children, especially those from low-income communities. New CPB projects include shows like "Odd Squad" and "Peg + Cat", apps for parents and providers, and interactive content and games based on PBS characters that bring learning to life.


Upcoming Events


➜ National AfterSchool Association Convention, March 8-11

Every Hour Counts will present in three sessions at the NAA Convention: "Ready To Learn: Early Math Learning in Afterschool," "STEM Professional Development: From Good to Great," and the Leaders Lounge.


➜ Wallace Foundation Webinar on Providence After School Alliance and Boston After School & Beyond’s Digital Badging Initiatives, March 12

Learn about efforts to design new citywide STEM and college readiness badging systems that have the potential to recognize and link competencies and achievements gained in and out-of-school. Register here


➜ National Science Teachers Association National Conference, March 12-15

Julianne Kanter of TASC and Jameela Jafri of After School Matters are presenting in "Crosscutting Educators: Exploring Effective Collaboration Between Formal and Informal Science Sectors."


➜ Every Hour Counts West Coast System-Building Institute, March 26-27

Our two-day cross-city learning institute will bring together city teams to tap the expertise of Every Hour Counts partners, and to build on one another’s ideas for developing and strengthening expanded learning systems.


 Ready by 21 National Meeting, March 31- April 2

Chris Smith of Boston After School & Beyond will present on challenges facing the after-school field.




Every Hour Counts is a coalition of citywide organizations that increase access to quality learning opportunities, particularly for underserved students. The organization is a leading voice promoting expanded-learning systems, which provide learning and enrichment through after-school, summer, and other initiatives. Expanded-learning systems help students be more connected to school, build self-confidence, and connect with caring adults, so every student can thrive.



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