Science in California’s Public After-School Programs: New Insights Provide Guidance for Improvements

Science in California’s Public After-School Programs: New Insights Provide Guidance for Improvements

This study by SRI of science offerings among publicly funded afterschool programs in California found that programs benefited from having an outside partner to provide science-based resources. Public afterschool sites with external partners—most of which provided professional development—offered more frequent science, and more inquiry-based science experiences. The study also found that local resources and agencies were just as beneficial as organizations from outside the area. For example, the study found that “If a program is in a rural area, it is just as advantageous to partner with a local college or a volunteer organization that’s working on a community garden – which makes enlisting support a realistic goal for most after-school programs.”