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Can After-School Programs Help Level the Playing Field for Disadvantaged Youth?

October 7, 2009
Equity in Education Forum Series, Fall 2009
Teachers College, Columbia University

" As this review of research suggests...rates of participation in after-school programs remain relatively low among disadvantaged and minority youth – the very youth who may be most in need of academic assistance. The overarching aim of this paper is therefore to highlight potential reasons for these low participation rates, and to examine the proposition that increasing access among economically disadvantaged, minority students will lead to more equitable academic outcomes."

Program Agenda


Margo Gardner, Research Scientist, National Center for Children and Families

Jodie Roth, Senior Research Scientist, National Center for Children and Families

Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Child Development and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University


Robert Granger, President, William T. Grant Foundation

Lucy Friedman, President, The After School Corporation


Edmund Gordon, Richard March Hoe Professor, Emeritus of Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University 


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