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A Decade of Progress in Meeting the “Afterschool for All” Challenge


09 Jun 2009

Below is a powerpoint presentation delivered by Bob Stonehill, former head of the $1 bn 21st Century Community Learning Centers fund at the Department of Education, now the Chief Learning Officer at Learning Point Associates (LPA). The presentation was presented at the 2009 After-School Institute Eastern Regional Conference in Baltimore, MD.

Called “Assets + Quality = Benefits”, the presentation basically lists Atlantic’s grantmaking strategy as one of the top ten reasons for the explosive growth of expanded learning (ELO) programs over the past decade, and also calls out several Atlantic grantees – Citizen Schools, Afterschool Alliance, KIPP, BELL, Carrera, National Indian Youth Leadership Project, Higher Achievement, CBASS, and our support for the California proposition that led to the $550 million Afterschool Education and Safety Program – as among the chief examples for proof of concept of the ELO field. Harvard Family Research Project gets a nice mention as well.

Toward the end of the presentation, Bob makes a nice case for expanded learning opportunities as a core element in school improvement strategy and school redesign, specifically citing the Broader, Bolder Approach campaign call for a schools-plus, whole-child approach. He encourages his audience of practitioners and policymakers to use flexible ARRA education funds to design strategies that support struggling schools.

Regarding the credibility of Learning Point Associates on education issues, Andy Rotherham of Education Sector and Eduwonk states: “By the way, if you’re looking for a great website on all things education stimulus, it’s hard to beat Learning Point Associates recovery site.”

Nicole Gallant, Programme Executive
Children & Youth Programme
The Atlantic Philanthropies