For many kids, learning does not stop after the school bell rings. In fact, afterschool and summer provide opportunities for many of the most engaging, hands-on, and interactive learning experiences a young person can have. According to ExpandED Schools, there is a 6,000 hour learning gap by the time a student reaches 6th
grade. Nearly 70% of this gap is due to hours middle class children spend
in afterschool and summer enrichment programs. According to the National Summer Learning Association
, gaps in student achievement stay relatively steady during the school year, but gaps grow during the summer. Each year, this gap grows wider and wider, leaving many of our children behind.
The After the Bell Alliance is focused on doubling the number of available free and low-cost seats in local afterschool and summer programs. We need your help to accomplish this goal! If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Shareea Woods at firstname.lastname@example.org