Superintendent Carol Johnson and Chris Smith of Boston After School & Beyond co-authored “Achieving, Connecting, Thriving: Afterschool and Summer Learning in Collaboration with Schools.” This paper will be part of a forthcoming compendium, supported by the C.S. Mott Foundation as part of the national project on the potential of expanded learning opportunities.
Too many young people struggle in school and need more targeted and engaging learning opportunities to succeed. Afterschool and summer programs provide such opportunities to learn and grow, both in a formal school setting and in the community beyond the school walls. For low-income families, however, such programs are in short supply and are typically inaccessible for a variety of reasons (for example, high cost; lack of transportation; or the use of different programming schedules for children of various ages, making coordination of child care difficult).
Chris Smith, Executive Director, Boston After School & Beyond
Carol R. Johnson, Superintendent, Boston Public Schools