This book is a historical analysis of after – school programs and the impact of education reform on the role of after – school programming in modern American society.The days of after – school programs performing the function of a babysitting service are gone. They are far more than art clubs, social gathering spots, and a haven to assure the basic well being of children, After – school programs have become a complimentary entity of the public school system. The No Child Left Behind Act has resulted in the loss of art classes, gym classes, music classes, field trips, social support, and much more. After school programs are alloted funding through the No Child Left Behind Act to provide academic support programs for our Nations children. They support a parents need for childcare, academic support that parallels and compliments school work presented to students during the day, mentors, and even assistance in applying to college and writing resumes. This book not only explores the historical evolution of after – school programs, but explores various programs, government funding, parental needs through the decades, positive effects of after – school programs on children, and much more. This intense analysis which is the combination of the writers experience working within the after – school field and a year of intense research is a must read for anyone who has an interest in the future of todays children. We do not reside in a proverbial bubble and todays children are America’s future leaders. They will only succeed if collaborative techniques between programs, parents, schools, and the public at large. This book will open the publics eyes to the dire importance of public collaboration and insuring that our next generation of adults succeeds.
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