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Participation Over Time: Keeping Youth Engaged from Middle School to High School
By Sarah Deschenes, Priscilla Little, Jean Grossman, and Amy Arbreton
Attention to the differing developmental needs of adolescents-not only between middle school and high school but even among older and younger youth in each bracket-is the key to retention in OST programs. 8 pages.

Using Professional Development to Enhance Staff Retention
By Denise Huang and Jamie Cho
What keeps dedicated afterschool workers on staff? Ongoing, informal professional development is one of the most powerful incentives. 8 pages.

The Changing Landscape of Afterschool Programs
By Kathryn Hynes and Felicia Sanders
The amount of OST programming available has increased significantly in the last decade-but are enough programs available in the right places, and are children realizing the potential benefits of participation? 11 pages.

Honoring 15 Years of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program: A Polity-Centered Analysis
By Sarah Fierberg Phillips
A polity-centered approach to the history of 21st CCLC funding can help inform afterschool advocates’ responses to President Obama’s current proposals. 9 pages.

A System That Works: Highlights of Effective Intervention Strategies in a Quality Improvement System
By Diana Sinisterra and Stephen Baker
Prime Time Palm Beach County has implemented a quality improvement system that is creating a community of afterschool practitioners who value high-quality programming. 8 pages.

New Faces, New Places: A 4-H Science Learning Program in Urban Out-of-School Settings
by Walter A. Barker, Eric Killian, and William P. Evans
"Butter making" becomes "chemical reactions" when 4-H youth development moves from its rural roots to provide hands-on science and technology learning in urban settings. 6 pages.

Can We Talk? Creating Effective Partnerships between School and Afterschool Programs
By Lisa Sweet Dilles
If the schools can provide the instructional boost and afterschool can offer the engaging enrichment, students will have what they deserve: the best of both worlds. 4 pages.

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Social and Behavioral Sciences

Afterschool Matters Fall 2010