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The long game: How one afterschool intermediary organization and its partners shaped policy, practice, and perception in California


The report chronicles the Partnership’s early days, when, among other things, the group assisted under-resourced afterschool programs in applying for funding from the then-new federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. It moves over the years to mid-2022, shortly after the California legislature, with a spur from the Partnership, approved unprecedented financing for out-of-school-time programs as they sought to help children cope with the instructional and emotional toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights along the way include the Partnership’s work to shape model high-quality summer learning programs and the organization’s influence on state legislation covering intricacies such as per-child funding rates and program accountability metrics. The signature afterschool measure championed by former Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger—along with the Partnership’s role in implementing what’s informally known as Prop. 49—makes an appearance in the piece, too. (author abstract)

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