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Supporting the Literacy Development of Low-Income Children in Afterschool Programs: Challenges and Exemplary Practices
By Robert Halpern
Erikson Institute for Graduate Study in Child Development

While much of the current concern over the literacy development of low- and moderateincome children focuses on schools (and, to a lesser degree, on parents), many observers are arguing for a role for other institutions. In particular, funders are turning to afterschool programs to address this critical developmental task. This paper explores the roles afterschool programs can and do play in the literacy development of low-income children, drawing on surveys and observations of afterschool programs in Chicago, New York, and Seattle. 26 pages.

Publication Date

Fall 2003


Social and Behavioral Sciences

Afterschool Matters Occasional Paper Fall 2003