Connecting Afterschool Program Quality to Social, Emotional, and Literacy Skill Development
By Neil Naftzger, Kathryn Wheeler, and Georgia Hall
Recent research syntheses (see, for example, Naftzger & Newman, 2021) have detailed how afterschool programs can support youth learning and development, including social and emotional learning, interest development, increased engagement in school, and a variety of school-related outcomes. However, one area that has received less attention is how afterschool programs that meet established quality benchmarks can support the development of social and emotional skills and of literacy skills among participating children.
Tags: Engagement, Professional Development, Academic Subjects, Best Practices