AfterZones: Creating a Citywide System to Support and Sustain High-Quality After-School Programs

AfterZones: Creating a Citywide System to Support and Sustain High-Quality After-School Programs

Public/Private Ventures has issued a report evaluating an effort in Providence, Rhode Island, to engage middle school students in afterschool programs. Funded by the Wallace Foundation, the report, AfterZones: Creating a Citywide System to Support and Sustain High-Quality After-School Programs (71 pages, PDF), examines the Providence Afterschool Alliance (PASA) and praises it as a model for similar efforts around the country. Indeed, more than 40 percent of the student population has enrolled in seven participating middle schools and the alliance has installed a number of mechanisms to effectively coordinate, manage, and support its citywide "neighborhood campuses." Challenges remain in several areas, however, including the sustainability of the model in the current economic climate and transfer of control to community-based organizations.