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Afterschool programs are an essential out-of-school learning space. In addition to ensuring that children and youth are in a safe and supervised environment while school is out, afterschool programs offer students a place to socialize with peers, link to supportive mentors, and explore content-area topics in depth to develop critical-thinking skills.

In this issue, Harvard Family Research Project offers a framework of youth engagement in afterschool with examples of promising practices.

Leaving Them Wanting More!: Engaging Youth in Afterschool publication cover

A commentary
that explores how afterschool
programs can engage students effectively.

“This Is Their House, Too”: An Afterschool Space Designed for and by Teenagers publication cover

A case study of the Everett
Boys & Girls Club afterschool program.

Q & A with Craig Watkins

A Q & A with S. Craig Watkins about how students can link what they learn in schools,
afterschool programs, and their homes and communities using digital technology.

SNAPSHOTS of innovations in afterschool learning in a museum and school district.

STEAM Express pictures

A look at what one school district in Texas is doing to bring STEM to children and families
via a mobile classroom.


STEAM Resource Guide cover image

A STEM resource guide from museums, libraries,
and afterschool programs that community-based educators and families can use.

21st Century Community Learning Centers logo
Ellen Lettvin, of the U.S. Department of Education, highlights three federal interagency collaborations that bring the STEM fields into out-of-school time learning by connecting STEM professionals with students in high-need, low-performing schools.
  a picture of a father and daughter reading together

This edition of the Family Involvement News features recent reports, articles, resources, and events in the family engagement and afterschool fields.

Don't forget to join us for a text-based chat on Engaging Families and Youth in Afterschool and Summer Learning on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, from 1-2 p.m. (EDT). Join us as we talk with some of our authors about the ideas in this FINE series. Set your reminder today!

Read about these and related issues in our FINE Newsletter: Engaging Students in Afterschool Learning.

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