The report recognizes that part of this effort involves including after-school staff in decisions:
"We see communities of policymakers, institutions, and individuals, working together to make sure all students have optimum opportunities to learn and grow into responsible citizens. Up to now, policymaking around how children use their learning time has been mostly schoolbased [sic]. Yet, the majority of time available for learning occurs outside of the traditional school day."There are many approaches to supporting after-school staff and making the field more professional. The Center for After-School Excellence at The After-School Corporation (where I sit) is one example.
As this effort to connect the traditional school day with the whole day of student learning, the Coalition for Science After School will work to connect the potential of STEM learning with the existing capacities of after-school staff.